Jaehaerys I Targaryen
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|Reign||48AL - 103AL|
|Full Name||Jaehaerys Targaryen First of His Name|
|Alias|| The Conciliator|
The Old King
|Other Titles|| King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men|
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
|Died in||103AL, at King's Landing.|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
According to a semi-canon source, Jaehaerys looked wise and dignified even into his later years, with a long white, flowing beard. Not a warrior, his crown was a simple gold band with seven different colored stones inset.
Jaehaerys was the first-born child of King Aenys I. For unknown reasons, his half-uncle, Maegor I, took the Iron Throne before him. After Maegor died without issue, Jaehaerys took the throne. He inherited from his uncle's reign a war with the Faith Militant, known as the Faith Militant uprising. Maegor had used brutal methods to eradicate the rebellion, such as placing bounties on the heads of all members of the Faith Militant, but the rebellion had continued. Jaehaerys pacified the rebellion with the offer of amnesty for all participants and the disbanding of the Faith Militant. The offer was accepted and the orders disbanded on the condition that the Iron Throne would always defend the Faith of the Seven. This act earned him the name "the Conciliator." Jaehaerys also took away the right of the Faith to conduct criminal trials.
Jaehaerys ruled for over five decades, becoming the longest ruling of the Targaryen kings, which led to him also being referred to as the "Old King". Jaehaerys brought to the realm a time of great peace, aided by his beloved sister-wife, Good Queen Alysanne. Alysanne convinced him to abolish the lord's right to the first night. As his Hand, Jaehaerys chose Septon Barth, a smith's son who served him for forty years.
Such was Jaehaerys's wisdom and skill at diplomacy that he even managed to negotiate a truce and bring fifty years of peace between Houses Bracken and Blackwood, two houses whose animosity has lasted for well over two thousand years.
Jaehaerys was known for his love of travel, and once visited the North with Queen Alysanne, six dragons and half his court. It was during his reign that the Night's Watch castle Deep Lake was built, which was paid for by his wife's jewels and built by men Jaehaerys sent north. Jaehaerys built the kingsroad, and the king and queen were known to stay at the inn at the crossroads during their journeys, so that afterward it was called the Two Crowns.
In 92AL Jaehaerys chose Baelon as his heir rather than Rhaenys. However, Baelon died before the Old King. Jaehaerys was succeeded by his grandson, Viserys I, who was selected as the heir by the Great Council of 101. He had at least two sons Aemon and Baelon and possibly a third son Daemon.
Small Council under Jaehaerys I
During the reign of King Jaehaerys his small council had the following known member:
|Velena Velaryon||Aerion Targaryen||?||Argilac the Arrogant|
|Jeyne Westerling||Maegor I||Aenys I||House|
|Viserys I||Alicent Hightower|
|unknown son||unknown son||Rhaenyra||Aegon II||Helaena||Aemond||Daeron|
|Jaehaera||Aegon III||Unknown of|
|Daeron I||Rhaena||Elaena||Baelor I||Daena||Aegon IV||Naerys||Aemon the |
References and Notes
- ↑ Targaryen Kings. November 1, 2005 So Spake Martin
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime.
- ↑ The Sworn Sword, page 17
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen