Alysanne Targaryen

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Alysanne Targaryen
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Biographical Information
Full Name Alysanne of House Targaryen
Alias Good Queen Alysanne
Other Titles Queen
Born in 36 AC[1]
Died in 99 AC or 100 AC[1]
Royal House House Targaryen
Wife Jaehaerys I Targaryen
Issue Aegon Targaryen
Alyssa Targaryen
Aemon Targaryen
Baelon Targaryen
Daella Targaryen
Aeryn Targaryen
Vaegon Targaryen
Maegelle Targaryen
Valerion Targaryen
Viserra Targaryen
Gaemon Targaryen
Saera Targaryen
Gael Targaryen
Father Aenys I Targaryen
Mother Alyssa Velaryon
Books The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)

Queen Alysanne Targaryen, known as Good Queen Alysanne, was the queen consort of her brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Alysanne was a dragonrider whose mount was Silverwing.

Character and Appearance

See also: Images of Alysanne Targaryen

According to semi-canon sources, Alysanne was slim of waist and small of breast, with a long neck, a fair complexion and a high forehead. She was tall and straight, unbowed by time. She had clear, blue eyes and high cheekbones. In old age her hair turned white as snow. She wore it in a bun, pulled back and pinned behind her ears. Age left crow's feet around her eyes and laugh lines about her mouth, but her face never lost its strength. She often wore a slimmer, more feminine version of her brother-husband's crown at court. [2] Alysanne, was also well loved throughout the realm, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and keenly intelligent.[3] She was beloved by the common people of Westeros, she loved them in return, and she was renowned for her charities.[2]


Alysanne was a daughter of Aenys I Targaryen and Alyssa Velaryon.[4] She had five siblibgs: an older sister, Rhaena, three older brothers, Aegon, Viserys, Jaehaerys, and a younger sister, Vaella.[4]

When her father, King Aenys I, died, her uncle Maegor I Targaryen ascended the throne. This caused a war between Maegor and Alysanne's brother, Aegon. Alysanne, her mother, and her brother became captives on Dragonstone. In 44 AC, when Queen Regent Visenya Targaryen died, Alysanne, Alyssa and Jaehaerys fled Dragonstone.[5]

In 50 AC Alysanne married her eldest surviving brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[3] Their marriage lasted forty-six years (the years of the First and Second Quarrel are not counted as their married years[6]), until Alysanne died.[3]

Alysanne and Jaehaerys had thirteen children, though only nine lived until adulthood.[4][3] Her youngest daughter, Princess Gael, was also her favorite. When Gael killed herself in 99 AC, Alysanne, in her grief, died within a year.[3]

There are two estrangements recorded during the marriage of Alysanne and Jaehaerys, which both lasted no more than a year or two. The Second Quarrel began in 92 AC, when Jaehaerys decided to pass over his granddaughter Rhaenys, the only heir of his deceased eldest son Aemon, in favor of his son Baelon. Alysanne believed there was no reason to favor a man over a woman, and thought that, if Jaehaerys believe women to be of less use, he would have no need of her. The couple reconciled two years later, in 94 AC, with the help of their daughter, Septa Maegelle. Jaehaerys outlived Alysanne by a few years, and it was said that the grief caused by their parting hung over his court.[3]

In her youth Alysanne was a fine archer and hunter, and loved to fly atop her dragon to all the distant parts of the realm.[2]

As a Queen, Alysanne was well loved by the people in the Seven Kingdoms.[3] She had great influence over Jaehaerys, as she was his most trusted counselor.[2] She convinced him to abolish the lord's right to the first night. when the couple visited the North, the queen travelled to the Wall on her dragon Silverwing. According to stories she was so impressed by the bravery of the Night's Watch that she asked Jaehaerys to double the size of the Watch's land. The acquired land was called the New Gift. During her visit she stayed in castle Snowgate, which was re-named Queensgate in her honour,[7] to thank Alysanne for giving the Night's Watch jewels so they could build a new castle, Deep Lake, as a replacement for the huge and ruinously costly Nightfort,[3][8] as well as to thank her for winning them the New Gift.[3]

There is a sad song, "Alysanne", that may be about her.[9] It is possible the galley Queen Alysanne was named after her as well.[10]


Alysanne and her husband had thirteen children, nine of whom lived to adulthood. The bulk of Alysanne's children predeceased her, with the loss of Princess Gael in 99 AC being a particularly heavy blow that was believed by many to have hastened her own death.[3]

Alysanna had five known grandchildren, four of them living to adulthood: Aemon's daughter Princess Rhaenys, who married Lord Corlys Velaryon, Baelon's sons, Prince Viserys, who would later be crowned as King Viserys I, and Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Daella's daughter, Lady Aemma Arryn, who would later become Queen of the Seven Kingdoms through her marriage to her cousin, Prince Viserys.[11] Another son of Baelon and Alyssa, Prince Aegon, presumably died young.[4]


Valaena Velaryon
Aegon I
Orys Baratheon
Argella Durrandon
Aenys I
Alyssa Velaryon
House Baratheon
Alys Harroway
Maegor I
Jaehaerys I
House Targaryen


Aemma Arryn
Viserys I
Alicent Hightower
unknown son
Aegon II
Aegon III
Viserys II

Quotes about Alysanne

She was his most trusted counsellor and his right hand.[2]
- George R. R. Martin


George R. R. Martin has compared Alysanne to Eleanor of Aquitaine.[12]

References and Notes


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