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Visenya Targaryen

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Visenya Targaryen
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Visenya by Amok©

Title Queen
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyrian
Born In 28BC or 29BC[1], at Dragonstone
Spouse Aegon I Targaryen
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
For the articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.Disambig.png

Visenya Targaryen was the older of King Aegon I Targaryen's sisters. She was also one of his two wives, the other being her sister Rhaenys. During the War of Conquest, she rode her dragon, Vhagar, to battle.


Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Visenya Targaryen

Aegon's eldest sister was a passionate, temperamental woman. She was both stern and sensual, more voluptuous than her sister, more passionate, but with a dark and unforgiving side. She was a warrior, more comfortable in ringmail than in silk, she was apt to dress as a warrior, with her long silver-gold hair in braided coils or bound in rings.[2] She wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. She was described as having a "harsh beauty" and was reputed to have dabbled in sorcery. While her sister Rhaenys was the flirt, Visenya was the seductress. It is said that her brother-husband Aegon spent ten nights with Rhaenys for every one with her.[3]


The Conquest

See also: War of Conquest
Visenya Targaryen by Feliche©

Visenya accompanied the Targaryen fleet to Gulltown on her dragon. After the Arryn fleet defeated the Targaryen fleet in the battle of Gulltown she had Vhagar burn the Arryn fleet.

After the death of Harren the Black at Harrenhal, Visenya was sent by Aegon I to demand the submission of the lords of Crackclaw Point. The lords understood that they had no chance, so they laid their swords at her feet. Visenya took them as her own men and they would owe no fealty but to the Iron Throne.[4]

She along with her siblings Rhaenys and Aegon secured the victory on the Field of Fire when all three dragons were unleashed together for the first and only time in the war. She was the only one of the three siblings to sustain an injury, taking an arrow to the shoulder.

Visenya Targaryen riding Vhagar into battle.

After the Field of Fire she was charged with subduing the Vale while Rhaenys was charged with conquering Dorne. House Arryn sent an army to the Bloody Gate but Visenya simply flew on her dragon Vhagar straight up to the courtyard of the Eyrie to obtain the surrender of the Vale of Arryn. She succeeded and the Vale was taken bloodlessly.[5]

Later Life

Visenya was the mother of Maegor I Targaryen, her first and only child,[6] who would later be known as Maegor the Cruel. She is mainly remembered and respected as a strong, capable warrior, something few women are acknowledged as in Westerosi history.


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

  1. See the Visenya Targaryen calculation.
  2. So Spake Martin: Targaryen Kings
  3. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne.
  5. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  6. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013

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