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|The Blackfyre Rebellion|
First Blackfyre Rebellion
Part of Blackfyre Pretenders
|Location||Westerlands, the Riverlands, the Reach|
|Battles||Battle of the Redgrass Field|
|Result||Decisive Targaryen victory|
The Blackfyre Rebellion developed out of a dynastic dispute involving the children of King Aegon IV. The conflict was between the Targaryens and the pretenders of House Blackfyre and resulted in open civil war that divided the realm over the Iron Throne.
King Aegon IV bestows Blackfyre on Daemon Blackfyre
King Aegon IV bestowed the Targaryen sword of kings, Blackfyre on his bastard Daemon Blackfyre instead of his legitimate son, Daeron - whom King Aegon suspected was actually fathered by his brother, Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. Some felt that the sword symbolized the monarchy, so the gift was the seed from which the Blackfyre Rebellions grew. 
King Aegon IV Targaryen legitimises all of his bastards
King Aegon IV Targaryen had legitimised all of his bastards on his deathbed. His noble bastards were called the Great Bastards, the most notable of whom was Daemon Blackfyre, a great warrior and wielder of the Targaryen sword of kings, Blackfyre.
Succession of King Daeron II
In 184AL, Aegon IV was succeeded by Daeron II. King Daeron was a cultured, scholarly man and reigned over a sophisticated court, attended by maesters and learned men, which was perceived as effete and overly-refined, not pleasing to many of his more martial courtiers and nobles. His marriage to the Dornish princess Myriah introduced foreign influences and manners to the court, further adding to the displeasure with his reign.
Questions as to legitimacy of King Daeron II
In addition to the aggravation of the Dornish influences at court, popular rumours held that King Aegon IV's sister-wife Naerys had shared her affections with their other brother, Aemon the Dragonknight, leading to the possibility that Daeron II was not the son of Aegon IV.
Open rebellion in 195 AL
After more than a decade of building tension, open warfare erupted in 195AL. The immediate cause was Daemon Blackfyre's rage over Daeron betrothing his sister Daenerys to Maron Martell, Prince of Dorne. However Daemon rebelled so many years after Aegon the Unworthy's death for several reasons. One was his growing resentment at having the status of a bastard, and what it meant. Another was that he gained councillors who urged him to it.
Daemon Blackfyre musters a sizeable army against King Daeron II
Daemon mustered a sizeable army against Daeron and was joined by his half-brother Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, a fellow Great Bastard.
Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, another Great Bastard, remained loyal to the King. On the small council, Bloodraven advocated a hard line against the rebels, winning out over Prince Baelor Breakspear's desire to pardon. Daemon began to mint his own coinage.
Heavy fighting erupts over the next year
Heavy fighting erupted over the next year, with the Riverlands particularly afflicted.
Ser Quentyn "Fireball" attacked the Westerlands, killing Lord Lefford at the gates of Lannisport and then defeating Lord Damon Lannister in turn. At the crossing of the Mander, Ser Quentyn slew all of Lady Penrose's sons except for the youngest, whom he spared as a favour to the lady. A key general, he was slain on the eve of the Battle of the Redgrass Field by an archer.
The Battle of the Redgrass Field in 196 AL
Finally, at the Battle of the Redgrass Field in 196AL Bittersteel and Blackfyre led a strong force against a royalist army commanded by Prince Maekar and Lord Hayford, the King's Hand. The fighting was very heavy, with Lord Hayford slain.
During the battle Blackfyre came face-to-face with Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard, wielder of the Valyrian steel blade Lady Forlorn. Their duel was said to have lasted nearly an hour before Blackfyre gained the upper hand. However, by this time a second royalist force was approaching from the south led by Prince Baelor.
Perhaps even more critical was that Bloodraven and his archers, the Raven's Teeth, captured and assumed a position atop the Weeping Ridge, which overlooked the battlefield and allowed them to rain arrows down among Blackfyre and his commanders. Bloodraven himself slew his half-brother Daemon Blackfyre and Daemon's twin sons Aemon and Aegon. The rebels began to rout, but Bittersteel rallied them by leading a charge that decimated the Raven's Teeth, taking out Bloodraven's eye in the process. However, Prince Baelor's Dornish spearmen gained the battlefield and crushed the rebel army against Maekar's shield wall.
It is unknown how many men took part in the final battle, but it is known that more than ten thousand died in the engagement, earning it the name Redgrass Field. With Daemon dead and his forces defeated, the Rebellion was finished.
Singers would later immortalize the Battle of Redgrass Field with the song "The Hammer and Anvil", referring to Baelor and Maekar's strategy.
Bittersteel was able to recover the sword Blackfyre from the battlefield and escape to the Free Cities, where Blackfyre's remaining sons had already fled. In exile, Daemon's descendants continued their struggle for the Iron Throne. Daemon's third son, Daemon II, was captured in the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. The last Blackfyre of the male line, Maelys the Monstrous, was slain during the War of the Ninepenny Kings by Barristan Selmy, presumably ending the Blackfyre threat to the throne.
Houses by Allegiance
Loyalist (Targaryen supporters)
Rebels (Blackfyre supporters)
|“||Some old dead king gave a sword to one son instead of another, that was the start of it.||”|
References and Notes
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