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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]
Family
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
References
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 Alysanne's 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 well loved throughout the Seven Kingdoms, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and keenly intelligent.[3] She was beloved by the smallfolk of Westeros, loving them in return, and she was renowned for her charities.[2] Lord Roose Bolton considers Alysanne to have been shrewish.[4]

History

Youth

A young Queen Alysanne and King Jaehaerys with their son Aemon as depicted by Magali Villeneuve in The World of Ice and Fire

Alysanne was a daughter of Aenys I Targaryen and Alyssa Velaryon.[5] She had five siblings: an older sister, Rhaena, three older brothers, Aegon, Viserys, Jaehaerys, and a younger sister, Vaella.[5]

When her father, King Aenys I, died in 42 AC, her uncle Maegor I Targaryen ascended the throne. This caused a war between Maegor and Alysanne's brother, Aegon. Alysanne, her mother Alyssa, and her brother Jaehaerys became captives on Dragonstone. In 44 AC, when Queen Regent Visenya Targaryen died, the three fled Dragonstone.[6] Jaehaerys succeeded Maegor as king in 48 AC

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]

Queen

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 part of their married years),[7] until Alysanne died.[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 believed 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]

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.[4]

When the couple visited the north, Alysanne 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, taken from the domains of House Stark, was called the New Gift. Because the huge Nightfort was huge and ruinously costly, Alysanne donated jewels for the construction of a new castle, Deep Lake. To thank her for the New Gift and Deep Lake, the Watch renamed Snowgate, where she had stayed during her visit, to Queensgate.[8][3]

The death of Alysanne's youngest and favorite daughter, Princess Gael, weighed heavily on the queen. When Gael killed herself in 99 AC, Alysanne, in her grief, died within a year. Her ashes after cremation, as well as eventually those of Jaehaerys, were interred beneath the Red Keep.

There is a sad song, "Alysanne", that may be about the queen.[9] It is probable the galley Queen Alysanne is named after her as well.[10] House Stark's bitterness over Alysanne's granting of the New Gift may have been why Lord Ellard Stark supported Princess Rhaenys Targaryen instead of Prince Viserys Targaryen in the Great Council of 101 AC.[11]

Family

Alysanne and her husband had thirteen children, nine of whom lived to adulthood.[5][3] 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.[12] Another son of Baelon and Alyssa, Prince Aegon, presumably died young.[5]

Ancestors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valaena
Velaryon
 
Aerion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visenya
 
Aegon I
 
Rhaenys
 
 
Orys
Baratheon
 
Argella
Durrandon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ceryse
Hightower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aenys I
 
Alyssa
Velaryon
 
 
House
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elinor
Costayne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alys
Harroway
 
 
Maegor I
 
Rhaena
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Jaehaerys I
 
Alysanne
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tyanna of
the Tower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhalla
 
Aerea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aenys I
 
Alyssa
Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Jaehaerys I
 
Alysanne
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerea
 
Rhalla
 
Aegon
 
Aemon
 
Alyssa
 
Baelon
 
 
Daella
 
Aeryn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vaegon
 
Maegelle
 
Valerion
 
Viserra
 
Gaemon
 
Saera
 
Gael


Descendants

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jocelyn
Baratheon
 
Aemon
 
Daella
 
Rodrik
Arryn
 
Baelon
 
Alyssa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corlys
Velaryon
 
Rhaenys
 
 
 
 
 
Aemma
Arryn
 
Viserys I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alicent
Hightower
 
Daemon[13]
 
Rhea
Royce
 
Aegon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laena
Velaryon
 
Daemon[13]
 
Laenor
Velaryon
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon[13]
 
son
 
Baelon
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
 
Baela
 
Jacaerys
Velaryon
 
Lucerys
Velaryon
 
Joffrey
Velaryon
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Visenya
 
Jaehaerys
 
Jaehaera
 
Maelor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Quotes about Alysanne

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

Behind the Scenes

George R. R. Martin has compared Alysanne to Eleanor of Aquitaine, including Katharine Hepburn's portrayal in The Lion in Winter.[2]

References and Notes

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  1. 1.0 1.1 See the Alysanne Targaryen calculation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 So Spake Martin: Good Queen Alysanne and Rhaenyra (June 18, 2006)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  7. Westeros.org: Inconsistency or Intentional?
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
  11. The World of Ice and Fire, The North: The Lords of Winter.
  12. The Rogue Prince.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97 AC until 115 AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115 AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120 AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

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