Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)
Daenerys Targaryen, by riotarttherite ©
|Alias||The first Daenerys[N 1]|
|Born||In 172 AC|
|Father||Aegon IV Targaryen|
|Spouse||Prince Maron Martell|
Princess Daenerys Targaryen was the daughter of Aegon IV Targaryen and Naerys Targaryen, and the younger sister of King Daeron II Targaryen. Daenerys Targaryen, daughter of Aerys II Targaryen and Rhaella Targaryen, was named after her.
Princess Daenerys was born in 172 AC, some nineteen years after the birth of her brother, the future King Daeron II Targaryen, who had been born in 153 AC, the year their parents had been wed. Daenerys had a twin brother, who was stillborn. Her mother, Queen Naerys, lingered near death due to the difficult birth, but eventually recovered. At the time of her birth, Daenerys's brother Daeron was already married and had a son of his own.
Daenerys's betrothal to the Prince of Dorne, Prince Maron Martell, was brokered by her brother Daeron as part of the treaty bringing Dorne into the realm of the Iron Throne, after negotiations lasting two years. A year later in 187 AC, when she was of age, Daenerys's wedding to Prince Maron was held in King's Landing. After the ceremony, Prince Maron and King Daeron went to pay their respects to the statue of King Baelor I Targaryen at the sept bearing his name, as Baelor had once brokered the peace between the Iron Throne and Dorne (with the marriage of King Daeron II and Princess Myriah Martell, Maron's older sister, as a result). To celebrate the marriage, a tourney was held, where Prince Baelor Targaryen won the name "Breakspear" and the victory, defeating Daemon Blackfyre in the lists in the final tilt.
It was said that Daenerys loved her half-brother Daemon Blackfyre, and that the main reason Daemon rose in rebellion against Daeron was that Daenerys was denied to him. Yet, it must be said that Daemon did not rebel until eight years after the wedding, and that Princess Daenerys is not recorded to have ever mourned Daemon. By the time Daemon rebelled, he had been married to Rohanne of Tyrosh for years and had at least nine children with her, and Daenerys had already given Maron multiple heirs.
According to George R. R. Martin:
Despite Daemon and Daenerys being in love, her brother the king, Daeron the Good, was more concerned with matters of state than matters of love. There had been many years of fighting with Dorne, and failure to bring them into the Seven Kingdoms while not being able to keep them from harassing the Seven Kingdoms. So he realized that where violence failed, perhaps marriage could bring an end to hostilites and so he uses his sister to make an alliance with the prince of Dorne. It's a political marriage, pure and simple, a convenient marriage to guarantee a union between Dorne and the Seven Kingdoms. And also, he prefers to give his sister to the prince of Dorne over a bastard brother with whom he'd already had a few clashes and whom too many people were looking one as a legitimate claimant to the throne or rightful king. That was the straw that broke the camel's back, and helps lead to Daemon becoming the first Blackfyre Pretender.
Prince Maron Martell built his new bride the Water Gardens, a place of beauty made of colored marble, with pools, fountains, and trees, to free her from the heat and dust of Sunspear. Their children played in the pools, along with the children of other highborn lords and ladies. One day, when the sun was hot, Daenerys took pity on the children of the servants and guards, and allowed them to play in the pools with the highborn children, starting a tradition that is still kept in Dorne to this day. As Daenerys watched the children playing, she realized that she could not tell the highborn ones from the lowborn. Naked, they were only innocent and vulnerable children, who all deserved life, love, and protection. Daenerys told her eldest son, Maron's heir, to also look at the children of the Water Gardens, and realize that they were the realm of Dorne, and to remember them in everything he did. Those words may also be a tradition kept from one Prince or Princess of Dorne to their heir, to this day.
A Dance with Dragons
While Davos Seaworth is in White Harbor, at a winesink named the Lazy Eel, talk amongst the patrons turns to the Targaryens and the Mad King's daughter, but none of the patrons are sure what the name of the princess is. Davos Seaworth mentions that her name is Daenerys Targaryen, as she was named for the Daenerys who wed the Prince of Dorne during the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen.
During a feast at Sunspear, Prince Doran Martell tells Ser Balon Swann of the Water Gardens and that one of his ancestors built them to please his Targaryen bride, Daenerys. He adds that it was her marriage that made Dorne part of the Seven Kingdoms. Doran also mentions how Daenerys invited the lowborn children of her servants to play with the highborn children in the pools.
Later, in a private conversation with his daughter Arianne Martell and his nieces Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand, Doran continues the story. He tells them how Daenerys looked at the children of the Water Gardens and realized she could not distinguish the highborn from the low, and how she realized they all had the same needs. He says that Daenerys told her son and heir that the children were the realm of Dorne, and to remember them in everything he did. Doran adds that his mother told him the same words when he was a youth. Doran tells his family that a wise prince knows not to wage a war he cannot win, for the sake of the children who will pay the price.
In Meereen, Prince Quentyn Martell tells Queen Daenerys Targaryen that he can trace his lineage back to the first Daenerys,[N 1] the Targaryen princess who was a sister to King Daeron II Targaryen and wife to Maron Martell, the Prince of Dorne. He tells her that Prince Maron had built the Water Gardens for his bride. Queen Daenerys admits to never having heard of the Water Gardens before. As they make their way back from the Dragonpit, she asks Quentyn to tell her of her namesake. She confesses that she knows less than she should of the history of her father's kingdom, as she never had a maester growing up to teach her.
The Winds of Winter
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Princess Arianne Martell recalls that in her younger days, she spent hours gazing at the portrait of Princess Daenerys hanging in Sunspear, back when she was just a pudgy flat-chested girl on the cusp of maidenhood, who prayed every night for the gods to make her pretty.
Quotes by Daenerys
Quotes about Daenerys
The whole realm knew that the girl loved Daeron's bastard brother Daemon Blackfyre, and was loved by him in turn, but the king was wise enough to see that the good of thousands must come before the desires of two, even if those two were dear to him.
—Barristan Selmy's thoughts
Whether Daenerys loved Daemon, as those who rose for the Black Dragon later claimed, who could say? In the years afterward, Daenerys was never aught but a loyal wife to Prince Maron, and if she mourned Daemon Blackfyre, she left no record of it.—writings of Yandel
- In A Dance with Dragons, Quentyn Martell and Barristan Selmy refer to Quentyn's ancestor as "the first Daenerys" to differentiate her from Queen Daenerys Stormborn. However, George R. R. Martin changed the order of births and names of some of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen's children in Fire & Blood, creating another Targaryen named Daenerys. As Aegon IV's daughter lived after Jaehaerys I's, she technically should be referred to as "the second Daenerys" in future editions of A Dance with Dragons. See also: The First Daenerys (July 22, 2018)
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
- See the Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV) calculation.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
- So Spake Martin: Targaryen History (April 20, 2008)
- The Sworn Sword.
- So Spake Martin: Asshai.com Interview in Barcelona (July 28, 2012).
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
- The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Arianne I.