Jaehaerys I Targaryen

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Biographical Information
Reign 48AC - 103AC
Full Name Jaehaerys Targaryen First of His Name
Alias The Conciliator
The Old King
The Wise
Other Titles King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Born in 34AC[1], at King's Landing
Died in 103AC, at King's Landing
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Maegor I Targaryen
Heir 1st: Aemon Targaryen (?-92AC)
2nd: Baelon Targaryen (92AC-101AC)
3rd: Viserys Targaryen (101AC-103AC)
Successor Viserys I Targaryen
Queen Alysanne Targaryen
Issue Aemon Targaryen
Baelon Targaryen
Daella Targaryen
Saera Targaryen
5 unknown children
Father Aenys I Targaryen
Mother Alyssa Velaryon[2]
Books The Rogue Prince (Appears)
The Princess and the Queen (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)

Jaehaerys I Targaryen, known as the Conciliator, the Wise or the Old King, was the fourth Targaryen King of the Seven Kingdoms, ruling from 48–103AC. He was a dragonrider whose mount was Vermithor.



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.[3]


Jaehaerys was a child of King Aenys I Targaryen. For unknown reasons, his half-uncle, Maegor I, took the Iron Throne before him. After Maegor died without issue, Jaehaerys took the throne at the age of fourteen.[4] 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.[5] 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 and prosperity, aided by his beloved sister-wife, Good Queen Alysanne. Alysanne convinced him to abolish the lord's right to the first night.[6] As his Hand, Jaehaerys chose Septon Barth, a smith's son who served him for forty years.[7]

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.[8]

Jaehaerys was known for his love of travel, and once visited the North with Queen Alysanne, six dragons and half his court.[9] His grandson Viserys told his own grandchildren a tale of Jaehaerys flying north to defeat a vast host of wildlings, giants, and wargs at the Wall.[4]

It was during Jaehaerys' 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.[10] 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.[11]

Jaehaerys and Alysanne had 9 children.[2] Their first born son was Aemon and their second born son was Baelon. In 92AC 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.[12]

After Septon Barth, Jaehaerys chose for his Hand the legendary knight Ryam Redwyne, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Ser Ryam while a great knight proved a terrible Hand, and was replaced in that office by the king's son and heir Prince Baelon. After Baelon's death, Ser Otto Hightower took the job for Jaehaerys's final years.

After the deaths of both his beloved wife and son Baelon, Jaehaerys's grief was great. The Old King's mind began to wander in the last few years of his reign and his time was usually spent bed ridden. His new Hand Otto Hightower effectively ruled the realm while his daughter Alicent looked after the ailing King, reading to him, washing him and helping to feed him.[4]

Jaehaerys passed away in 103AC. He was sixty nine when he died. His body was burned in the Dragonpit and his ashes interred with Good Queen Alysanne's beneath the Red Keep. All of Westeros mourned, even Dorne. The Old King was well loved and brought the realm a time of great peace and prosperity.[4]

Small Council under Jaehaerys I

During the reign of King Jaehaerys his small council had the following known members:



Valaena Velaryon
Argilac "the Arrogant"
Aegon I
Orys Baratheon
Argella Durrandon
Jeyne Westerling
Maegor I
Alys Harroway
Aenys I
Alyssa Velaryon
House Baratheon
Jaehaerys I
Jocelyn Baratheon
Unknown wife
Lord Arryn
5 other children
Viserys I
Aemma Arryn


Jaehaerys I
Lord Arryn
Aemma Arryn
Viserys I
Alicent Hightower
unknown son
Aegon II
Aegon III
Daenaera Velaryon
Viserys II
Daeron I
Baelor I
Aegon IV

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