Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)

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Rhaena Targaryen
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Rhaena Targaryen, by Magali Villeneuve, as depicted in The World of Ice and Fire

Alias Black Bride
Title Princess
Queen
Allegiance House Targaryen
Race Valyrian
Culture crownlands
Born In 23 AC[1]
Spouse 1st: Prince Aegon Targaryen
2nd: King Maegor I Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
For other articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.

Princess Rhaena Targaryen, one of the Black Brides[2][3] of King Maegor I Targaryen, was the eldest of the six children of King Aenys I Targaryen and Queen Alyssa Velaryon.[4][5] She was a dragonrider and rode the dragon Dreamfyre.[6]

History

Early life

Soon after her birth Queen Visenya Targaryen proposed marrying Rhaena to her uncle, Prince Maegor, but the High Septon mounted a vigorous protest.[4] Maegor was married to the niece of the High Septon instead, Lady Ceryse Hightower.[3]

In 41 AC King Aenys I Targaryen arranged the marriage of Rhaena to her brother, Prince Aegon, which caused an uprising of the Faith of the Seven.[4] The marriage to her brother lasted for only three years, during which she gave birth to twin daughters, Princess Aerea and Princess Rhalla.[5]

Reign of Maegor I

When King Aenys I, Rhaena's father, died, Rhaena and her husband were being besieged at Crakehall by members of the Faith. Instead of Aegon becoming king, Dowager Queen Visenya brought Prince Maegor back from Essos, and made sure he was crowned king.

Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaena sought refuge from King Maegor the Cruel. At one point, Lord Lyman Lannister protected them under his roof, extending guest right and refusing all the king's demands to turn them over. Lyman did not pledge his swords to Aegon and Rhaena, however.[7]

When Aegon died in 43 AC, Rhaena became a widow. She took refuge on Fair Isle, under the protection of Lord Farman, who hid her and her daughters. Tyanna, one of Maegor's queens, found them, however. In 47 AC, Rhaena was forced to wed Maegor.[3] As she was one of the three women proven to be fertile who were wed to Maegor under force, Rhaena became known as one of the "Black Brides".[2][3]

When Rhaena learned that her youngest brother, Prince Jaehaerys, was claiming the Iron Throne for himself, she fled King's Landing on her dragon Dreamfyre, stealing Blackfyre away as her king and husband slept, to join Jaehaerys's cause.[3]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


References and Notes

  1. "The Sons of the Dragon", Read at LonCon, Aug 15 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Rogue Prince.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  6. The Princess and the Queen.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.

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