Aerys I Targaryen

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Biographical Information
Reign 209AC - 221AC
Full Name Aerys Targaryen First of His Name
Other Titles King of the Seven Kingdoms
Born in between 170AC and 176AC[1], at King's Landing
Died in 221AC
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Daeron II Targaryen
Heir Prince Rhaegel Targaryen
Maekar I Targaryen
Successor Maekar I Targaryen
Queen Aelinor Targaryen
Issue None
Father Daeron II Targaryen
Mother Myriah Martell
References
Books The Hedge Knight (Mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (Mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)

Aerys I was the King of the Seven Kingdoms and the thirteenth Targaryen to sit the Iron Throne. He succeeded his father, Daeron II Targaryen.[2]

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Appearance

See also: Images of Aerys I Targaryen

According to semi-canon sources, Aerys was bookish. He was spindly and stooped, with long, straight hair. He had a long, thin face, a long, thin mustache and a long pointed beard. He wore the crown of Aegon IV Targaryen.[3] On his coinage, he was depicted with a beard.[4]

Biography

Aerys Targaryen was the second son of Daeron II Targaryen and Myriah Martell. He was very much interested in books like his father. After the death of Daeron II and his nephews Valarr and Matarys (sons of his elder brother, Baelor Breakspear) in the Great Spring Sickness, Aerys became king. The plague continued some time under his rule.

Aerys appointed his uncle, Brynden Rivers, as Hand and let him rule while he occupied himself with the study of books and lore. He was a bookish man who preferred reading to ruling and it was said in the Seven Kingdoms that "Aerys would sooner bring a book to his bed rather than his wife".[5] Due to the fact that his marriage with his sister, Aelinor, was childless, he was succeeded in 221AC by his brother, Maekar I Targaryen.

During the reign of Aerys I, the realm suffered a great drought.[5] It was widely held that travel was less safe during the reign of Aerys than under his father Daeron's.[4] In addition, the Iron Islands under Lord Dagon Greyjoy took advantage of the chaos of the spring sickness and the Iron Throne's preoccupation with the Blackfyre rebels under Bittersteel, and the ironborn raided Fair Isle, the Arbor, and the North.

Victarion Greyjoy, a descendent of Aerys's enemy Dagon Greyjoy, recalled Aerys as "a weak king" whose "rheumy eyes fixed across the narrow sea where bastards and exiles plotted rebellion."[6]

Aegon V Targaryen recalled that as a boy he heard King Aerys read about the return of dragons in a prophecy.[4]

Quotes

His Grace cares more for old scrolls and dusty prophecies than for lords and laws. He will not even bestir himself to sire an heir. Queen Aelinor prays daily at the Great Sept , beseeching the Mother Above to bless her with a child, yet she remains a maid. Aerys keeps his own apartments, and it is said he would sooner take a book to bed than any woman.[5]
- Septon Sefton to Dunk

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron II
 
Myriah
Martell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baelor
 
Aerys I
 
Aelinor
 
Rhaegel
 
Maekar I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valarr
 
Matarys
 
Twins
 
Twins
 
Daeron
 
Aerion
 
Aemon
 
Aegon V
 
Rhae
 
Daella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Son
 
Son
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feeble-witted
daughter
 
Son
 
 
 
 
 
Multiple
descendants
 
Unknown[7]
 
Unknown[7]

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