House Targaryen

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House Targaryen of King's Landing
House Targaryen.svg
Coat of arms Sable, a dragon thrice-headed gules
Words Fire and Blood
Seat Red Keep (formerly)
Dragonstone (formerly)
Summerhall (formerly)
Current Lord Daenerys Targaryen
Region Crownlands
Valyria (formerly)
Title King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Prince of Dragonstone (heir apparent)
Prince of Summerhall
Overlord None
Cadet Branch House Blackfyre
Ancestral Weapon Blackfyre
Dark Sister
Founded House Targaryen: >126 BC
House Targaryen of King's Landing:1 AC
House Targaryen family tree

House Targaryen is a noble family of Valyrian descent that escaped the Doom. They lived for centuries on the island of Dragonstone until Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters rode their dragons in their conquest of the Seven Kingdoms.

House Targaryen ruled as the kings on the Iron Throne and as the Great House of the crownlands for nearly 300 years, until their ouster in Robert's Rebellion, which they call the War of the Usurper. Their seats were the Red Keep in the capital city of King's Landing, the castle of Dragonstone, and the summer residence of Summerhall.[1]



House Targaryen's sigil is a three-headed dragon breathing flames, red on black. The three-headed dragon represents the Conqueror and his two sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya.[2][3][4] Their house words are "Fire and Blood."[5] Some Targaryen armor was black steel with helms crested with dragon scales.[6]

Although the Targaryen kings took their seat at King's Landing, the place where Aegon and his army first landed in Westeros and made their first fort, Dragonstone remained the traditional seat of the heir-apparent to the throne, who was known as the Prince of Dragonstone. Younger siblings of the heir could receive Summerhall and be known as the Prince of Summerhall.[7]

House Targaryen historically followed the gods of Valyria. Sometime before the conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, the Targaryens abandoned the Valyrian gods and converted to the Faith of the Seven, the predominant religion in Westeros. However, they continued to follow the Valyrian practice of incestuous marriage, wedding brother to sister, cousin to cousin, uncle to niece and aunt to nephew, holding themselves apart from and above the noble Westerosi families.

Deceased Targaryens are traditionally cremated.[8]


The phrase "blood of the dragon" refers to what are considered typical Targaryen features: silvery-gold (or platinum) hair and violet eyes. The Targaryens can tolerate a bit more heat than most ordinary people, though they are by no means immune to fire.[9]

Another trait typical to Targaryens, and one that was passed on to the cadet branch, House Blackfyre, was the ability to have premonition-like dreams.[10] Before the Doom, a noble in Valyria called Aenar Targaryen had a maiden daughter whose visions moved him to relocate his family to Dragonstone, twelve years before the Doom. Her visions were written down and published in a book called Signs and Portents, which is now lost.

Probably due to their incestuous practices, the Targaryens are prone to madness; King Jaehaerys II said that with the birth of a new Targaryen, the gods tossed a coin to decide whether the child would be a genius or a lunatic.[11]


See also: Dragons

As dragonlords, the Targaryens seem to be closer to dragons than other men. Aegon I introduced dragons to Westeros when he conquered it, and dragons were kept and ridden by the Targaryens until the last one perished in the reign of Aegon III, the Dragonbane.

The Targaryens kept dragons for much of their reign in the Seven Kingdoms. To house them they built an immense domed structure in King's Landing, the Dragonpit. New dragons were bred from Aegon's original three, Vhagar, Meraxes, and the dreaded Balerion. However, violent deaths in battle and a growing infirmity in each following generation caused the family's stable to dwindle. The last dragon was a deformed and sterile creature that died very young. It is not clearly understood what caused the last dragons to die out. A legend holds that Aegon III poisoned them, but Archmaester Marwyn believes that the maesters were somehow responsible. Others have also claimed that raising dragons in enclosed spaces, even the Dragonpit, was unnatural and stunted their growth.


Aegon the Conqueror, the greatest of the Targaryens, upon Balerion, the Black Dread by Jordi Gonzalez ©.

A complete history of House Targaryen is planned for Fire and Blood, to be published several years after the completion of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Origins and Conquests

House Targaryen was one of the forty ancient noble houses known as dragonlords who ruled the Valyrian Freehold, a great empire spanning much of Essos. They were traditionally not one of the most important of these families, however. Daenys the Dreamer, the daughter of the head of House Targaryen, Aenar, had visions of a cataclysm that would come over Valyria. Aenar led House Targaryen and their five dragons, including Balerion, to the westernmost outpost of Valyrian influence, the island of Dragonstone, off the east coast of Westeros in 126 BC. Twelve years later the Doom descended on the city of Valyria, leading to the collapse of the Freehold. The Targaryens were one of the few families to survive the destruction of their home and were the only dragonriders of Valyria to survive. Thereafter four of the five dragons of House Targaryen died under unknown circumstances, but two more were born from eggs, Vhagar and Meraxes. Valyrian magic was used in the construction of the castle of Dragonstone.

Following the Doom, there was pressure for the Targaryens to go east and ally themselves with Volantis, who attempted to restore the Freehold by conquering the rest of the Valyrian colonies to survive the Doom, now known as the Free Cities. However, the Targaryens remained on Dragonstone during the Century of Blood. After flying to the Disputed Lands and joining an alliance to crush Volantene aspirations, the young Aegon the Conqueror developed ambitions toward Westeros.

Aegon, Lord of Dragonstone, aspired to unite the seven Westerosi kingdoms under one ruler, himself. A hundred years after the Doom, Aegon set forth from Dragonstone with his sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya, their dragons, and a small force, landing at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush and beginning the Wars of Conquest. During Aegon's Conquest, Aegon was anointed king by the High Septon in Oldtown, leading to the unification of six of the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule from the Iron Throne and starting a dynasty that lasted nearly 300 years. The place of Aegon's Landing became the site of their new capital, King's Landing. Dragonstone was used as the seat of the heir to the throne, the Prince of Dragonstone. The region around these strongholds became known as the crownlands, and several houses of the area, such as the Velaryons, Darklyns, and the lords of Crackclaw Point, were among the staunchest Targaryen loyalists. Another close ally was House Baratheon; Aegon had installed his bastard brother Orys Baratheon to rule the stormlands.

In 4 AC the Targaryens continued the Wars of Conquest by invading Dorne in the First Dornish War. Rhaenys disappeared during the bloody war, however, and Aegon abandoned his invasion in 13 AC.[12]

Early Dynasty and the Faith Militant Uprising

Despite converting to the Faith of the Seven, the Targaryens held themselves apart from the laws of gods and men, and continued to follow the Valyrian practice of incestuous marriage, which was a sin in the eyes of the Seven. Indeed, Aegon had been married to both of his sisters before the Conquest. When Aegon died 37 years after the end of his Conquest and was succeeded by his incest-born son and heir, Aenys I, local populations revolted in what is known as the Faith Militant uprising. Early Targaryen kings often appointed those of the blood royal to act as their Hand. Such was the case with Aenys, who was served by his brutal half-brother and cousin, Prince Maegor. Maegor conducted the suppression of these revolts, and seized the throne for himself after Aenys's death, going on to earn the moniker "the Cruel" in his attempts to crush the rebellion. Construction of the Red Keep in King's Landing was finished during Maegor's reign. After his mysterious death in 48 AC he was succeeded by Aenys's son Jaehaerys the Conciliator, who disbanded the Faith Militant. His rule was wise and long, lasting 55 years.

Death of the Dragons

See also: Dance of the Dragons

After his death in 103 AC, Jaehaerys was succeeded by his grandson Viserys I, who had been chosen as heir in the Great Council of 101 AC. Viserys ruled well except in marriage. He raised his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir, but his wishes were defied by the Lord Commander of his Kingsguard, Ser Criston the Kingmaker, who earned his epithet by crowning Aegon II, a son of a second marriage. In the resulting war of succession, called the Dance of the Dragons (129 -131 AC), Rhaenyra was devoured by Sunfyre, the dragon of Aegon II, while her son Aegon III looked on. However, Aegon II was grievously injured and he too died soon after, due to causes unknown, causing Rhaenyra's son Aegon III to take the throne. Many lesser branches of House Targaryen, and most of their dragons also perished in the war. During the reign of Aegon III, the son of Rhaenyra who held the Iron Throne at the war's conclusion, the last dragon died, earning him the nickname "Dragonbane." The loss of their signature war mounts and the deaths of so many family members severely weakened the Targaryens' grip on the Seven Kingdoms.

Since the Dance, House Targaryen has practiced a highly modified version of agnatic primogeniture, placing female claimants in the line of succession behind all possible male ones, even collateral relations.

Incorporating Dorne

Since resisting the conquest of Aegon I, the Martell Princes of Dorne had ruled their land as a sovereign realm. Upon assuming the throne in 157 AC, Aegon III's fourteen-year old son Daeron I, the Young Dragon, decided to end that. Despite his youth and lack of dragons, Daeron defeated the Dornishmen in a successful invasion. His rule of Dorne did not last, however, and he and 40,000 men died trying to defeat an uprising. Dead at eighteen without issue, the Young Dragon was succeeded by his brother Baelor the Blessed, who was in training to become a septon.

One of Baelor's first acts was to make peace with Dorne by marrying his cousin, Prince Daeron, to Myriah Martell. Baelor is well-remembered by the smallfolk, but maesters and others learned in history recall his piety as his undoing. As his Hand, Baelor retained his uncle Viserys, who had also served Daeron and Aegon III. Viserys held the realm together while Daeron warred and Baelor prayed, it is said. During his reign, Baelor locked his three sisters in the "Maidenvault" of the Red Keep to avoid carnal thoughts. One, Daena the Defiant, carried on an affair with their cousin Aegon, which resulted in a child named Daemon Waters. When Baelor died childless as well in 171 AC, his uncle took the throne as Viserys II. After a brief reign of only a year, Viserys was succeeded by his son Aegon, who reigned as Aegon IV and was called "the Unworthy". It was during the reign of Aegon's son Daeron II that Dorne finally joined the Targaryen empire, after Daeron's sister, Daenerys, married Prince Maron Martell.

The Blackfyre Pretenders

See also: House Blackfyre, Blackfyre Pretenders, Blackfyre Rebellion, Second Blackfyre Rebellion, and War of the Ninepenny Kings

Aegon IV kept many mistresses and sired several bastards by them. The oldest of them, by Princess Daena, had strong Targaryen features; he grew up to be a promising young knight and was granted Blackfyre, the Valyrian steel blade of Aegon the Conqueror. He became known as Daemon Blackfyre. Before his death in 184 AC, Aegon IV legitimized all of his natural children, placing them in the succession, albeit behind his trueborn son, Daeron II. Nobles such as Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, one of Aegon IV's Great Bastards, did not care for Daeron's bookish nature or the Dornish flavor of his court, and whispered that Daeron was not the son of Aegon IV, but of his brother, Prince Aemon "the Dragonknight", casting doubts over Daeron's right to rule. Finally, Daemon Blackfyre was bitter over the loss of Princess Daenerys, Daeron's sister, whom he had promised to Prince Maron Martell.

For these reasons, Daemon and his supporters launched the First Blackfyre Rebellion against Daeron's rule. This was crushed by Daeron's sons, Baelor "Breakspear" and Maekar, and his bastard brother Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, Bittersteel's rival for the affections of their half-sister Shiera Seastar. Daemon was killed by Bloodraven in the Battle of the Redgrass Field, and Bittersteel was driven into exile across the narrow sea, where he founded the Golden Company, a sellsword army bent on naming a Blackfyre son as king. Prince Baelor was named his father's Hand as well as heir, but died in 209 AC in a trial of seven at the tourney at Ashford Meadow fighting opposite his brother Maekar for the honor of a hedge knight called Dunk. Maekar's son, Prince Aerion Targaryen, was sent into exile after the trial, and Maekar allowed another son, nicknamed "Egg", to continue squiring for Dunk in order to teach him humility and honor. During Daeron's reign, the third major Targaryen palace was built at Summerhall, in the Dornish Marches.

Mounting Problems

The Great Spring Sickness of 209 AC killed King Daeron II and several of his grandchildren. His equally bookish son Aerys I took the throne, appointing his uncle Bloodraven as Hand. Aerys ignored the realm's problems (including plague, drought, dwindling trade, rising banditry, and the reaving of Dagon Greyjoy) as Bloodraven focused on dealing with minor Blackfyre rebellions instigated by Bittersteel. Prince Maekar, who had expected to be named Aerys's Hand, succeeded his brother on the throne in 221 AC and had Bloodraven thrown into the Red Keep's dungeons. Across the narrow sea, House Blackfyre continued to be a distant threat to the main Targaryen line. In 233 AC King Maekar fell in battle against a rebel lord.

A series of misfortunes and deaths over the years culminated in a Great Council being held upon Maekar's demise in 233 AC. The council bypassed the mad Prince Daeron's lackwit daughter and the infant son of the dead and mad Aerion Brightflame, leading to the crowning of Maekar's son "Egg" as Aegon V, called “The Unlikely” for being the fourth son of a fourth son. Aegon's elder brother, Aemon, had been quietly offered the throne before him, but Aemon refused the crown since he had taken a maester's vows, forswearing his inheritance and going on to join the Night's Watch lest he be used in plots against Aegon. The new king emptied the dungeons to accompany Aemon to the Wall, including their great-uncle Bloodraven, who went on to become Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. As Lord Commander of his Kingsguard, Aegon V appointed Ser Duncan the Tall, the hedge knight Dunk for whom he had squired in his youth.

In the latter part of Aegon's reign, he sent a host to the Stepstones to defeat Maelys the Monstrous, the last Blackfyre. The Blackfyre pretender and his supporters were defeated in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, and Maelys slain. Hearing a prophecy from a woods witch that their line would bear the prince that was promised to defeat the Others, Egg arranged the marriage of his grandchildren Aerys and Rhaella. Since he had done so, Aegon allowed his children to marry for love, earning him bitter enemies instead of friends. His daughter Rhaelle married into House Baratheon. His son Duncan the Small, Prince of Dragonflies, "cast aside a crown" for Jenny of Oldstones, leading in some way to the tragedy of Summerhall, where Aegon V and both Duncans lost their lives in 259 AC. Aegon's sickly son Jaehaerys II reigned for a few years before dying in 262 AC. Amiable, clever, and able, he nonetheless was seen as weak by those martial lords prejudiced against his frail constitution. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Aerys II.


See also: Robert's Rebellion

Aided by his able Hand, Lord Tywin Lannister, King Aerys II began his reign with promise, but became paranoid and increasingly mad after being abducted during a failed revolt of the longtime Targaryen loyalists of House Darklyn and Tywin's cautious response. His heir, Prince Rhaegar, resolved to be a better monarch and set forth to prove himself, and to fulfill the prophecy of the prince that was promised. Aerys chose Tywin's heir, Ser Jaime, for his Kingsguard, robbing Tywin of his heir and provoking him to resignation because the king had also rejected Tywin's proposal of a marriage between Rhaegar and Jaime's twin sister, Cersei Lannister. Also during the tourney at Harrenhal, Rhaegar offended Robert Baratheon by naming his betrothed, Lyanna Stark, as queen of love and beauty rather than his own wife, Princess Elia Martell.

A while after the tourney, Prince Rhaegar disappeared with Lyanna Stark. Lyanna's brother Brandon went to King's Landing and threatened Prince Rhaegar's life. Though Prince Rhaegar was not present, King Aerys had Brandon arrested, and his father, Lord Rickard summoned for a triel. At that "trial", Aerys had both men killed, and demanded the heads of Lord Robert Baratheon, Lyanna's betrothed, and Eddard Stark, Lyanna's younger brother. Their foster father, Jon Arryn, refused Aerys's commands and raised his banners, thereby starting a civil war. Rhaegar eventually took command of the royal troops, leading them to defeat in the Battle of the Trident, where he was killed by Robert Baratheon. Prince Viserys and the pregnant Queen Rhaella fled to Dragonstone. Perfidious Lannisters killed Aerys, Elia, Rhaenys, and the infant Aegon in King's Landing. On Dragonstone, Rhaella died giving birth to Princess Daenerys, who was spirited to the Free Cities along with Viserys by the loyal Ser Willem Darry. Robert Baratheon was crowned king, partially due to his having a Targaryen grandmother, Rhaelle.

King Aerys II Targaryen was the last king in a dynasty which had held for nearly 300 years of unbroken rule. Where the Targaryens had begun as untouchable demigods atop fire-breathing dragons, their power had fallen noticeably since the time of those beasts, with many more large-scale civil wars featuring pitched battles. In the short term, Aerys's madness had provoked the nobles to action, but such open defiance would not have occurred if his family's prestige had not been in decline for some time. This loss of influence is perhaps shown by the fact that Aegon V was invited to rule by a council rather than claiming a divine right. The Defiance of Duskendale by House Darklyn, one of the staunchest traditional royal allies, is another sign of the house's loss of influence.

Recent Events

Daenerys Targaryen and her three fledgling dragons‎ - © 2012 John Picacio

A Game of Thrones

Across the narrow sea, the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen's surviving son claims legitimacy as "Viserys III." He and his sister, Daenerys Targaryen, wander the Free Cities, seeking aid from various merchant princes to restore House Targaryen. Few take his claim seriously, calling him the Beggar King.

In 297AC, Viserys betroths his sister to Drogo, a mighty khal of the Dothraki, hoping to use his horde to retake the Seven Kingdoms. Viserys alienates the horselord with his arrogance and is eventually killed. After the death of Khal Drogo, Daenerys takes command of the khalasar's ragged remnants, and is able to hatch three dragon eggs, the first in a century and a half.

At the Wall, the century-old Maester Aemon, brother to King Aegon V, imparts wisdom to a new recruit of the Night's Watch, Jon Snow, regarding the conflict of loyalty between family and duty.

A Clash of Kings

Daenerys nurtures her young dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, and her people, bringing them through the Red Waste to the strange city of Qarth.

A Storm of Swords

Traveling to Slaver's Bay, Daenerys conquers the cities of Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen. However, her campaign of liberation seems to cause more conflict than it solves, so she decides to remain in Meereen to bring order and to learn to rule. One of her officers, Ben Plumm, claims to have Targaryen ancestry.

Maester Aemon pushes Jon Snow to take command of Castle Black when the Wall is besieged by wildlings. Jon is subsequently elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.

A Feast for Crows

Lord Commander Snow orders Maester Aemon to Oldtown to avoid the red sorceress Melisandre, who might wish to sacrifice him to R'hllor for his kingsblood. Unfortunately, Aemon does not survive the voyage, leaving the lore of the Night's Watch in the hands of Samwell Tarly.

A Dance with Dragons

As she hones her skills of leadership in Meereen, Daenerys tries to tell good counsel from bad and how to make decisions of dubious morality. She refuses a marriage proposal from Quentyn Martell, whose father, Doran Martell, is attempting to honor a secret pact made to wed Viserys to Arianne Martell. Daenerys's control of Meereen is threatened by a coalition led by Yunkai. She flees from Daznak's Pit on the back of her dragon Drogon and ends up in the Dothraki sea, where she encounters the khalasar of Khal Jhaqo. Meanwhile, her other dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion, are released and wreak havoc upon Meereen.

It is claimed that, unbeknownst to the Lannisters, Crown Prince Rhaegar's infant son Aegon Targaryen, Daenerys's nephew, survived the Sack of King's Landing thanks to Varys, who had a peasant baby killed in his place. The purported Aegon was raised in secret across the narrow sea by Rhaegar's friend Jon Connington, who nicknamed the youth Young Griff. He lands in the stormlands with the Golden Company at his back, calling himself Aegon VI.

Beyond the Wall, the three-eyed crow who has been appearing to Bran Stark in his dreams is revealed to be none other than Bloodraven, Brynden Rivers, kept alive by sorcery and living in a cave.[15][16]


See also: Timeline of major events
Targaryen kings
Aegon I Targaryen 1–37 AC
Aenys I Targaryen 37–42 AC
Maegor I Targaryen 42–48 AC
Jaehaerys I Targaryen 48–103 AC
Viserys I Targaryen 103–129 AC
Aegon II Targaryen 129–131 AC
Aegon III Targaryen 131-157 AC
Daeron I Targaryen 157-161 AC
Baelor I Targaryen 161-171 AC
Viserys II Targaryen 171-172 AC
Aegon IV Targaryen 172-184 AC
Daeron II Targaryen 184-209 AC
Aerys I Targaryen 209-221 AC
Maekar I Targaryen 221-233 AC
Aegon V Targaryen 233-259 AC
Jaehaerys II Targaryen 259-262 AC
Aerys II Targaryen 262-283 AC

All dates are given relative to years after Aegon's Conquest (AC).

Flight from Valyria (114 BC)
House Targaryen relocates to the island of Dragonstone, off the coast of Westeros.
The Doom of Valyria (102 BC)
The Doom destroys the Freehold of Valyria.
Aegon's Conquest (2 BC-1 AC)
Aided by his two sisters and their dragons Vhagar, Meraxes, and Balerion, the armies of Aegon the Conqueror invade the seven kingdoms of Westeros, sparking the Wars of Conquest. In the battle known as the "Field of Fire," Aegon's army conquers the combined forces of the Rock and of the Reach; the three dragons kill nearly four thousand men. Many other kings bend the knee to Aegon, and in the end, only Dorne remains unconquered.
First Dornish War (4-13 AC)
The Targaryens continue the Wars of Conquest and invade Dorne, the only one of the Seven Kingdoms that successfully resisted Aegon's Conquest, but they fail and Dorne remains independent.
Faith Militant uprising (41-48 AC)
The two armed wings of the church rise against Aegon's incest-born son, Aenys I Targaryen. Aenys's half-brother, Maegor I Targaryen, returning from exile, seizes the throne after his death and fails to crush the rebels. Aenys's son, Jaehaerys I Targaryen, succeeds and outlaws both military orders.
Great Council (101 AC)
The Great Council of 101 chose Viserys I Targaryen, grandson of Jaehaerys I Targaryen, as heir to the Iron Throne.
The Dance of the Dragons (129-131 AC), the Targaryen civil war.
Aegon II Targaryen's claim to the throne is disputed by his elder sister, Rhaenyra, and both perish in the resulting war. Several dragons and lesser branches of the house are extinguished.
Regency of Aegon III (131-136 AC)
Following the Dance, the realm is governed by a succession of regents and Hands of the King while Aegon III Targaryen is in his minority . It was a period of numerous political conflicts, schemes, and assassinations as the regents and their supporters vied for political power
Conquest of Dorne (157-161 AC)
Aged 14, Daeron I Targaryen invades Dorne and writes about it in his Conquest of Dorne. He is unable to hold it, however, and the Young Dragon dies along with tens of thousands.
The First Blackfyre Rebellion (196 AC)
The first rebellion of the Blackfyre Pretenders ends when the rebel Daemon I Blackfyre's forces are defeated in the Battle of the Redgrass Field.
Tourney at Ashford Meadow (209 AC)
Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen dies from wounds sustained in trial by combat. These events are recounted in The Hedge Knight.
The Great Spring Sickness (209-210 AC)
A plague engulfs large parts of Westeros, killing King Daeron II Targaryen and his grandsons Valarr and Matarys.
The Second Blackfyre Rebellion (211 AC) 
Daemon II Blackfyre attempts to gather support for his rebellion, but his support is undone when Bloodraven has him arrested at Whitewalls.
The Third Blackfyre Rebellion (219 AC)
The Pretender Haegon I Blackfyre is defeated in battle and then slain after surrendering his sword.
The Peake Uprising (233 AC)
House Peake rebels against the Iron Throne during the reign of Maekar I Targaryen, leading to the king's death in battle.
Great Council (233 AC)
A great council passes over the infant bastard son of Prince Aerion Targaryen and the lackwit daughter of Prince Daeron, crowning Aegon V Targaryen, the Unlikely.
The Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion (236 AC)
The Pretender Daemon III Blackfyre is killed by Ser Duncan the Tall during the Battle of Wendwater Bridge.
Tragedy at Summerhall (259 AC)
A great fire destroys the Targaryen summer seat of Summerhall, killing King Aegon V Targaryen, his eldest son, Prince Duncan Targaryen, and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall, amongst others. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is born on the same day.
The Fifth Blackfyre Rebellion (War of the Ninepenny Kings) (260 AC)
Maelys I Blackfyre tries to invade Westeros together with the Band of Nine. Maelys, the last Blackfyre Pretender, dies at the Stepstones.
Defiance of Duskendale (277 AC)
King Aerys is kept captive for six months, leading to a change in his already erratic behavior.
Robert's Rebellion (282-283 AC)
The Targaryen reign ends when Robert I Baratheon takes the Iron Throne after King Aerys II Targaryen is killed by his sworn knight, Ser Jaime Lannister, during Robert's Rebellion, also known as the War of the Usurper.

House Targaryen at the end of the third century

The known Targaryens during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

  • King {Viserys III}, called "the Beggar King", Khal Rhae Mhar (the Sorefoot King), and Khal Rhaggat (the Cart King). Self-proclaimed King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, in exile. Fatally "crowned" in Vaes Dothrak.
  • Queen Daenerys I, called Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, sister of Viserys and last known Targaryen heir. Self-proclaimed Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Shackles/Chains, Queen of Meereen.
    • her dragons, Drogon, Viserion, Rhaegal,
    • Khal {Drogo}, her first husband. Euthanized after disabling wounds.
      • {Rhaego}, her son by Drogo. Died at birth.
    • King Hizdahr zo Loraq XIV, her second husband, King of Meereen, Scion of Ghis, Octarch of the Old Empire, Master of the Skahazadhan, Consort to Dragons, Blood of the Harpy. A Ghiscari noble of Meereen.
  • Maester {Aemon}, sworn to the Night's Watch. Great-granduncle to the Mad King. Died of a chill at sea, at the age of one hundred and two.
  • Prince Aegon, Rhaegar's son. Believed to have died at Gregor Clegane's hand in the Sack of King's Landing, but is purported by some to be alive under the identity of Young Griff and with the Golden Company. If true his claim supersedes his aunt Daenerys's, and he is Aegon VI.

Daenerys's Household

The Queen's protectors

  • Ser Barristan Selmy, called Barristan the Bold. Lord Commander of the Queensguard and Hand of the Queen.
    • his two known knights:
    • his lads, squires training for knighthood:
      • Larraq, called 'The Lash', of Meereen.
      • the Boys, three Ghiscari brothers and freedmen.
  • Belwas, called Strong Belwas, eunuch and former pit fighter.
  • her Dothraki bloodriders:
    • Jhogo, the whip, blood of her blood and ko. Currently a hostage of the Yunkish
    • Aggo, the bow, blood of her blood and ko. Away from Meereen seeking Daenerys.
    • Rakharo, the arakh, blood of her blood and ko. Away from Meereen seeking Daenerys.
  • Ser Jorah Mormont, called 'Jorah the Andal', former Lord Commander. Banished. Currently with the Second Sons.

The Queen's captains and commanders

The Queen's Meereenese court

The Queen's handmaids and servants

Young Griff/Prince Aegon's followers

Historical Members

On Dragonstone

Targaryen Dynasty

The Sons of the Dragon

Era of the Old King

Descendants of King Viserys I Targaryen

After the Dragons Danced

The Good

Descendants of King Aegon V Targaryen

The Last Dragons

Targaryen Family Tree

Valaena Velaryon
Aegon I
Orys Baratheon
Argella Durrandon
Aenys I
Alyssa Velaryon
House Baratheon
Alys Harroway
Maegor I
Jaehaerys I
Aemma Arryn
Viserys I
Alicent Hightower
Laena Velaryon
Laenor Velaryon
Aegon II
Jacaerys Velaryon
Lucerys Velaryon
Joffrey Velaryon
Viserys II
Daenaera Velaryon
Aegon III
Aegon IV
Baelor I
Daeron I
Maron Martell
Myriah Martell
Daeron II
Aerys I
Maekar I
Aegon V
of Tyrosh
Jenny of
Jaehaerys II
Aerys II
Viserys III
Daenerys I
Hizdahr zo Loraq


Treachery was a coin the Targaryens knew well.[17]

- Robert I Baratheon

I will kill every Targaryen I can get my hands on, until they are as dead as their dragons, and then I will piss on their graves.[17]

- Robert I Baratheon

What did any Targaryen ever know of honor? Go down into your crypt and ask Lyanna about the dragon’s honor![17]

- Robert Baratheon to Eddard Stark

Like their dragons the Targaryens answered to neither gods nor men.[18]

- Catelyn Stark's thoughts

Every child knows that the Targaryens have always danced too close to madness.[11]

- Barristan Selmy

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.
  8. So Spake Martin: " Forum Chat" (July 27, 2008)
  9. "Interview with the Dragon" Copyright © 2003 Robert Shaw.
  10. The Mystery Knight.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  12. The World of Ice and Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  13. 13.0 13.1 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.
  14. Kiera of Tyrosh was widowed when Valarr Targaryen died from the Great Spring Sickness; some time later she married his cousin Daeron.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 34, Bran III.
  16. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Brynden Rivers.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  18. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.

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