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|Alias|| Baelor Breakspear|
|Title|| Prince of Dragonstone |
Hand of the King
Protector of the Realm
|Born||In 169AC or 170AC|
|Died||In 209AC, at Ashford|
|Book(s)|| The Hedge Knight (Appears)|
The Sworn Sword (Mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
Prince Baelor Targaryen, known as Baelor Breakspear, was a prince of House Targaryen. The eldest son and heir of King Daeron II Targaryen and Myriah Martell. Named after King Baelor I, Prince Baelor served as his father's Hand of the King from 196AC until his death in 209AC.
- See also: Images of Baelor Targaryen
When the Blackfyre Rebellion was in its early stages, Prince Baelor advocated leniency toward Daemon Blackfyre, a position that was not favored over his uncle Bloodraven's hard line. Nonetheless, Baelor accepted the path towards war. He distinguished himself by leading the Dornish and Stormlands force which attacked the rearguard of the rebel army during the Battle of the Redgrass Field. Baelor's forces smashed the rebels against the shield-wall of his brother, Prince Maekar, inspiring the song "The Hammer and Anvil". After the battle, Baelor was named Hand of the King by his father and was recognized as a good Hand and "the soul of chivalry." At some point he was also given the title of Protector of the Realm.
Tourney at Ashford Meadow
In the tourney at Ashford Meadow Prince Baelor vouched for Ser Duncan the Tall because he knew Duncan's old master, Ser Arlan of Pennytree. Baelor had jousted with Arlan in a tourney at Storm's End and had unhorsed him after breaking four lances. Due to Baelor`s intervention Duncan was allowed to enter the lists.
When Duncan attacked Prince Aerion Brightfire to defend an innocent puppeteer, Baelor had a private word with Duncan and advised him. The next day Baelor sat together with Lord Leo "Longthorn" Tyrell and Lord Ashford in judgment of Duncan. Prince Aerion demanded a trial of seven, which was granted.
With the help of his squire Egg and Ser Raymun Fossoway, Duncan was able to recruit five men to fight for him. They needed one more and because Baelor believed Duncan, he fought for him even though his nephew was the accuser. His brother, Maekar, was furious but Baelor said:
|“||This man protected the weak, as every true knight must, let the gods determine if he was right or wrong.||”|
Before the melee began, Baelor advised Dunk's champions to use tourney lances, which would strike before their opponents' shorter war lances in the opening tilt. He also noted that the three Kingsguard knights on the opposing side would be sworn not to harm him, allowing him to safely engage them. Dunk's defending party won the trial but Baelor received a mortal blow to his head from his brother, Prince Maekar.
It is unknown to whom Baelor was married. Baelor had two sons, Valarr and Matarys, both of whom died in the Great Spring Sickness, several hours before King Daeron II. Baelor's eldest brother, Aerys I Targaryen, succeeded their father and was later succeeded by their youngest brother, Maekar, who had dealt the blow that had killed Baelor.
Baelor's son Valarr was married to an unknown woman. She had given birth twice, but both sons had been still born.
|Baelor||Aerys I||Aelinor||Rhaegel||Maekar I|
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