Art by Enife
|Allegiance|| House Targaryen|
|Born||In 123 AC|
|Died||In 133 AC, at King's Landing|
|Spouse||King Aegon III Targaryen|
|Book(s)|| The Rogue Prince (mentioned)|
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
Princess Jaehaera Targaryen was the daughter of Aegon II Targaryen and his sister-wife and Queen Helaena Targaryen, and the first wife and queen of her cousin Aegon III Targaryen. Jaehaera had a twin brother, Jaehaerys Targaryen, and a younger brother, Maelor Targaryen. The dragon Morghul was bound to Jaehaera.
Appearance and Character
Jaehaera was born tiny and slow to grow. She did not cry or smile or act as babies normally do. Her lack of emotion continued as she grew older. Jaehaera is described as a sweet and simple girl at the time of the Dance of the Dragons.
Dance of the Dragons
After the death of Prince Lucerys Velaryon, Prince Daemon Targaryen declared vengeance, writing that there would be "an eye for an eye, a son for a son". Jaehaera was present in the Tower of the Hand when Blood slew her twin, Prince Jaehaerys. Prior to the boy's death, as the queen prevaricated, Cheese warned her to make a choice soon, before Blood grew bored and raped Jaehaera.
When Rhaenyra Targaryen's dragons first appeared in the skies above King's Landing, Lord Larys Strong spirited Jaehaera out of the city along with her father, Aegon II Targaryen, and younger brother, Maelor. Larys led them out through a secret passage of Maegor's Holdfast, of which only he had knowledge. Jaehaera was put in the charge of Ser Willis Fell, who swore to bring her safely to Storm's End.
Following the deaths of her parents, brothers, and uncles in the Dance and the victory of the blacks, Jaehaera was married to her cousin King Aegon III Targaryen as part of the peace agreement. Since she was eight years old at the time of the marriage and Aegon was eleven, it was not consummated.
Two years after her marriage, Jaehaera died when she reportedly threw herself from Maegor's Holdfast and was impaled on the spikes of the dry moat below. She lived for a half hour in agony before her death. With her ended the line of the marriage of King Viserys I Targaryen and his second wife, Alicent Hightower.
Jaehaera's death was officially deemed a suicide, akin to that of her mother, Queen Helaena Targaryen. However, many suspected that she had been murdered at the instigation of Lord Unwin Peake, the Hand of the King and one of the seven regents of Aegon III, as Unwin hoped to marry his own daughter to Aegon instead. It was variously suggested that Jaehaera had been murdered by Ser Mervyn Flowers of the Kingsguard, bastard brother of Lord Peake, who had been at her door when she died; or that Mervyn had merely stood aside to allow Tessario the Tiger, a sellsword in Lord Peake's service, to do the deed.
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ See the Jaehaera Targaryen calculation.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Viserys I.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 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.