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Maegor I Targaryen

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Maegor I
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Maegor I by Amok©
Biographical Information
Reign 42AC - 48AC
Full Name Maegor Targaryen First of His Name
Alias Maegor the Cruel
Other Titles Hand of the King
King of the Seven Kingdoms
Born in 12AC[1]
Died in 48AC, at King's Landing
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Aenys I Targaryen
Successor Jaehaerys I Targaryen
Queen Jeyne Westerling
Alys Harroway
Tyanna of Pentos
Rhaena Targaryen
Father Aegon I Targaryen
Mother Visenya Targaryen
Books The Rogue Prince (Mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)

Maegor I, called Maegor the Cruel, was the son of Aegon I Targaryen and Visenya Targaryen. He was the younger half-brother of Aenys I Targaryen.[2] He was the third Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne.


Appearance & Character

According to a semi-canon source, Maegor was large, larger than his father, Aegon I. A warrior, he was bull-like with heavy shoulders, thick neck and huge arms. He kept his hair short and his beard trimmed to his jawline. He wore Aegon the Conqueror's crown.[3]

Maegor was often seen as cruel, never treating animals well and keeping to himself.[2]

Early life

Maegor was considered a skilled knight and was one of the youngest in the kingdom ever to be knighted. He was a better jouster than many grown men he met in the lists.[2]

When his father died he served as Hand during his half-brother Aenys' rule. When Aenys assumed the throne, he presented Maegor with Aegon's Valyrian blade, Blackfyre, admitting to all assembled that he was not nearly the warrior his half-brother was.[2]

When the Faith Militant uprising began, Aenys was unable to deal with the crisis and much of the responsibility fell on Maegor to handle the revolt. Maegor instituted laws forbidding Holy men from being able to bear arms which became known as "Maegor's laws".


Upon Aenys's death, Maegor came to the Iron Throne ahead of his brother's son, Jaehaerys, under unknown circumstances. During his reign, the Faith Militant uprising continued. He crushed the rebellions with ruthless and brutal methods, offering a gold dragon for the scalp of a Warrior's Son and a silver stag for the scalp of a Poor Fellow, earning him his nickname "The Cruel." However, the fight with the militant orders was only ended under the reign of his successor.[4]

Maegor eventually became Balerion's rider.[5]

Maegor completed the construction on the Red Keep, giving Maegor's Holdfast its name. He had its builders executed to protect the secrets of the hidden passages he had constructed.[6]

Maegor notoriously kept multiple wives at a time. He had up to eight or nine wives, though not all of them were simultaneous and beheaded a few for failing to produce an heir - a test that all of them ultimately failed.[7] Among his wives were Jeyne Westerling,[8] Alys Harroway and Rhaena Targaryen.[9][10] Maegor also had three Grand Maesters executed during his reign.[11]

Maegor was killed on the Iron Throne by unknown means, though some whisper by the throne itself.[12] He died with no issue.


Maegor was the younger son of King Aegon I Targaryen and Queen Visenya Targaryen. He had an older brother, Prince Aenys, who was the son of Aegon I and his other wife, Queen Rhaenys Targaryen. No other siblings are currently known. Despite having been married to multiple women at the same time, Maegor had no living offspring.

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

References and Notes

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