Aerys I Targaryen
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|Reign||209AC - 221AC|
|Full Name||Aerys Targaryen First of His Name|
|Other Titles||King of the Seven Kingdoms|
|Born in||between 172AC and 176AC, at King's Landing|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Predecessor||Daeron II Targaryen|
|Heir|| Prince Rhaegel Targaryen|
Prince Aelor Targaryen
Prince Maekar Targaryen
|Successor||Maekar I Targaryen|
|Father||Daeron II Targaryen|
|Books|| The Hedge Knight (Mentioned)|
The Sworn Sword (Mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)
- 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. On his coinage, he was depicted with a beard.
Aerys Targaryen was the second son of Daeron II Targaryen and Mariah 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) 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". Due to the fact that his marriage with his cousin, Aelinor Penrose, was childless, and both his next brother, Rhaegel, and Rhaegels son, predeceased him, he was succeeded in 221AC by his youngest brother, Maekar I Targaryen.
During the reign of Aerys I, the realm suffered a great drought. It was widely held that travel was less safe during the reign of Aerys than under his father Daeron's. 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.
|“||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.||”|
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