Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)
Art by Uno Piyo
Princess Consort of Dorne
|Born||In 172 AC|
|Spouse||Prince Maron Martell|
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
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. It was said that Daenerys loved 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 her half-brother. 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.
Daenerys's wedding to Prince Maron was held in King's Landing in 187 AC, and after the ceremony Prince Maron and King Daeron went to pay their respects to the statue of King Baelor I Targaryen, who had once brokered the peace between the Iron Throne and Dorne (with the marriage of King Daeron II and Princess Mariah Martell, Maron's sister, as a result). To celebrate the marriage, a tourney was held, where Prince Baelor Targaryen won the name "Breakspear", defeating, amongst others, Daemon Blackfyre in the lists in the final tilt.
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 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, she 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.
A Dance with Dragons
While Davos Seaworth is in White Harbor, at a winesink named the Lazy Eel, amongst the patrons, talk 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.
In Meereen Prince Quentyn Martell tells Queen Daenerys Targaryen that he can trace his lineage back to the first Daenerys, 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
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
This is your realm, remember them, in everything you do.—Daenerys, to her son and heir, speaking of the innocent children of the Water Gardens, from the high-born to the low
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.
—Ser 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.—Maester Yandel
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
- See the Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV) calculation.
- 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.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.