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:''For other characters named "Aemon Targaryen", see [[Aemon Targaryen]].''
| Character_name= [[File:House_Targaryen_crest.PNG|50px|left]] '''Aemon Targaryen''' [[File:Kingsguard.PNG|50px|right]]
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| image = [[Image:Aemon_the_Dragonknight.jpg|300 px]]
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| Character_name = [[File:House Targaryen.svg|50px|left]] Aemon Targaryen [[File:Kingsguard.svg|50px|right]]
| image_caption = Aemon the Dragonknight by [http://dragonman14x.deviantart.com/art/Aemon-the-Dragonknight-409564860 Robert O'Leary]
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| image = [[Image:Aemon the Dragonknight.jpg|300 px]]
| Alias = The Dragonknight<br>The Knight of Tears
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| image_caption = Aemon the Dragonknight, art by [http://dragonman14x.deviantart.com/art/Aemon-the-Dragonknight-409564860 Robert O'Leary] ©.
| Title = Prince<br>[[Knight|Ser]]<br>[[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]]
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| Alias = The Dragonknight<br>The Knight of Tears
| Allegiance = [[House Targaryen]]<br>[[Kingsguard]]
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| Title = [[Prince]]<br>[[Knight|Ser]]<br>[[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]]
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| Allegiance = [[House Targaryen]]<br>[[Kingsguard]]
| Culture = [[Valyrian Freehold|Valyrian]]
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| Race = [[Valyria]]n
| Spouse =  
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| Culture = [[Crownlands]]
| Place_of_Birth= [[King's Landing]]
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| Date_of_Birth = {{Date|136}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| Viserys II}}
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| Place_of_Birth = [[King's Landing]]
| Place_of_Death= [[Westeros]]
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| Date_of_Birth = {{Date|136}}{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}
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| Place_of_Death =
 
| Date_of_Death = or between {{Date|178}} and {{Date|183}}<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages#Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)|Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)]] calculation.''</ref>
 
| Date_of_Death = or between {{Date|178}} and {{Date|183}}<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages#Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)|Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)]] calculation.''</ref>
| Books = ''[[The World of Ice and Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Hedge Knight]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Sworn Sword]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (mentioned)
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| Books = ''[[Fire & Blood]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Hedge Knight]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Sworn Sword]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (mentioned)
 
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:''For other characters named "Aemon Targaryen", see [[Aemon Targaryen|here]].''
 
Prince '''Aemon Targaryen''', called the '''Dragonknight''', was the second son of King [[Viserys II Targaryen]] and a member of the [[Kingsguard]].
 
  
==History==
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Prince '''Aemon Targaryen''', also known as '''the Dragonknight''', was the second son of King [[Viserys II Targaryen]] and his wife, Lady [[Larra Rogare]]. Aemon joined the [[Kingsguard]] during the reign of his uncle, King [[Aegon III Targaryen]], at he age of seventeen,{{Ref|affc|}} and eventually rose to become [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard|Lord Commander]]. After Aegon III, Aemon served four other kings. He died saving the life of his brother, King [[Aegon IV Targaryen]].
===Early Life===
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Aemon was [[knight]]ed young and joined the [[Kingsguard]] at the age of seventeen in {{date|153}} during the reign of his uncle, King [[Aegon III Targaryen|Aegon the Third]].{{ref|awoiaf}}{{Ref|aSoS|12}}
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Prince Aemon has been referred to as the noblest knight who ever lived, and his skill with a sword is legendary throughout the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. Even over a hundred years after his death, he is a popular figure among the highborn and [[smallfolk]] in songs, stories, and fables.
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==Appearance and Personality==
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As an infant, Aemon was large, lust and strong, and just as beautiful as his brother [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon]] was.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}{{Ref|fab|The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
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Aemon possessed some piety, making him more alike to his younger sister [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]] than to his older brother Aegon.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}} He became a great jouster and swordsman later in life. It is said that [[Cregan Stark]] considered Aemon to have been the best swordsman he ever faced.{{Ref|agot|66}} He is considered by some to have been the noblest knight to have ever lived.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}
  
During his life Aemon served under five kings: [[Aegon III Targaryen|Aegon III]], [[Daeron I Targaryen|Daeron I]], [[Baelor I Targaryen|Baelor I]], his father [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys II]], and lastly his brother, [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]].
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Aemon became known as the Dragonknight because the crest on his helm was a three-headed dragon of [[House Targaryen]] wrought in white gold.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}
  
Prince Aemon has been referred to as the noblest knight who ever lived, and his skill with a sword is legendary throughout [[Westeros]]. Even over a hundred years after his death, he is a popular figure among the highborn and lowborn in songs, stories and fables. He bore the [[Valyrian steel]] sword [[Dark Sister]], previously wielded by [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror's]] sister-wife [[Visenya Targaryen|Visenya]], and Aemon's grandfather, Prince [[Daemon Targaryen]].{{Ref|tpatq}}
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==History==
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===Early life===
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Aemon was born to Prince [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]] and Lady [[Larra Rogare]] on eve of [[Smith's Day]] in {{Date|136}}. A [[dragon's egg]] was placed in his cradle.{{Ref|fab|The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}} All rejoiced at his birth, except his older brother [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon]], who was found by their mother hitting the newborn Aemon with Aemon's egg.{{Ref|FAB|The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
  
Songs speak of his doomed love for his brother's queen, his own sister, Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]]. According to the singers, Aemon loved Naerys, and Naerys loved him. He supposedly cried when Naerys married their brother, and joined the [[Kingsguard]] shortly afterwards.{{Ref|aCoK|41}} According to the historians, Aemon and Aegon quarreled during the wedding feast and Naerys wept and sobbed during the bedding ceremony.{{ref|awoiaf| Viserys II}}  
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Aemon was inseparable from his sister [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]] when they were young.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}} Stories speak of Aemon's doomed love for his sister.{{Ref|agot|51}} Aemon and Naerys supposedly loved each other.{{Ref|agot|44}}{{Ref|acok|60}} According to the singers, both Aemon and Naerys cried the day Naerys married Aegon in {{Date|153}}, although historians report that Naerys had only cried during the [[bedding]], while Aemon had quarreled with Aegon at the [[marriage|wedding]] feast.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}} Aemon grew to be so accomplished in the lists and with the sword that he was deemed worthy of carrying the [[Valyrian steel]] sword [[Dark Sister]].{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}} Shortly after Naerys and Aegon's wedding,<ref>asoiaf.westeros.org: [https://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/153070-small-questions-v-10106/&do=findComment&comment=8318159 Small Questions (21 March, 2019)]</ref> Aemon joined the [[Kingsguard]], taking his vows at the age of seventeen during the reign of his uncle, King [[Aegon III Targaryen]].{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}{{Ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}}{{Ref|aSoS|12}} During his life, Aemon would serve under five kings: his uncle Aegon III, his cousins [[Daeron I Targaryen|Daeron I]] and [[Baelor I Targaryen|Baelor I]], his father [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys II]], and lastly his brother [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]].
  
Aemon once fought Lord [[Cregan Stark]]. Prince Aemon claimed he never faced a finer swordsman.
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Aemon once fought Lord [[Cregan Stark]]. Prince Aemon claimed he never faced a finer swordsman.{{Ref|AGOT|66}}
  
 
===Conquest of Dorne===
 
===Conquest of Dorne===
Aemon took part in the [[Conquest of Dorne|invasion of Dorne]], led by his cousin and King [[Daeron I Targaryen|Daeron the Young Dragon]]. An assassination attempt on Daeron was prevented by the actions of the Dragonknight who threw himself in the path of an poisoned arrow meant for his king, Aemon survived the poison though and was sent back to [[King's Landing]] to fully recover.{{ref|twoiaf| Daeron I}}
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Aemon took part in the [[conquest of Dorne|invasion of Dorne]], led by his cousin and king, [[Daeron I Targaryen]]. Aemon prevented an assassination attempt on Daeron by throwing himself in the path of a [[poison]]ed arrow meant for his king. Aemon survived the poison and was sent back to [[King's Landing]] to recover.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I}}
  
Upon his recovery Aemon returned to [[Dorne]] to protect his King and won great fame by defeating a Dornish champion, and was present after the rebellion in Dorne undid Daeron's conquest, and Daeron himself died. His King Daeron was murdered while meeting the Dornish under a peace banner, Aemon and four other [[Kingsguard]] knights were present, three of them were slain fighting, one shamefully yielded and Prince Aemon was captured alive, though not before slaying two of the betrayers.{{ref|TWOIAF| Daeron I}} The [[Dorne|Dornish]] of [[House Wyl]] eventually put him in a crow cage naked, placed above a pit filled with vipers. He was eventually rescued by his cousin [[Baelor I Targaryen|Baelor]], his new king.{{ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}}
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Upon his recovery Aemon returned to [[Dorne]] to protect his king and won great fame by defeating a Dornish champion. A rebellion in Dorne undid Daeron's conquest, however. Aemon was with Daeron when he met the [[Dornishmen]] under a peace banner in {{Date|161}}, together with four other knights of the [[Kingsguard]]. Three of those Kingsguard knights died defending Daeron, one shamefully yielded, and Aemon was captured after slaying two of the betrayers.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I}} [[Lord Wyl (conquest of Dorne)|Lord Wyl]] of [[Wyl (castle)|Wyl]] eventually put Aemon naked in a crow cage placed above a pit filled with vipers.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}}
  
 
===Reign of Baelor===
 
===Reign of Baelor===
Baelor, on his return trip from [[Sunspear]] after making peace with the Prince of Dorne, journeyed to try and free his cousin. The Wyls were told to release Aemon into Baelor's custody, but instead they gave Baelor the key to the op and an invitation to use it. The Dragonknight, fearing for his cousin and new king's safety, begged Baelor to leave him, but Baelor refused and walked into the pit.
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[[File: Viper pit.png|right|thumb|250px|Aemon pulls up Baelor from the viper pit in [[Dorne]]<br>As depicted in ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'']]
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The new king, [[Baelor I Targaryen]], made peace with the [[Prince of Dorne]]. On his return trip from [[Sunspear]], Baelor tried to free his cousin Aemon. [[House Wyl]] was told to release Aemon into Baelor's custody, but instead they gave Baelor the key to the op and an invitation to use it. The Dragonknight, fearing for his cousin and new king's safety, begged Baelor to leave him, but Baelor refused and walked into the pit.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}}
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Singers say the snakes bowed their heads and refused to bite Baelor due to protection from [[Faith of the Seven|the gods]].{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}} Some [[maesters]] believe Baelor was bitten six times before reaching Aemon's cage,{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}} while [[Dornishmen]] claim the king was bitten half a hundred times before using the key.{{Ref|ASOS|59}} The freed Aemon carried Baelor upon his back, while the Wyls wagered on how long they would last.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}}
  
Though the tales and songs say that the snakes simply bowed their heads and refused to bite Baelor due to protection of the gods, the truth is quite different. He was bitten dozens of times, yet somehow he reached the cage and managed to hand his cousin the key before passing out. Aemon thrust open the door, leaped into the pit and carried his cousin and King to safety while the snakes snapped all around him. The Wyls were said to be placing wagers on how long they would last, their cruelty spurred Aemon on and he managed to escape the pit with Baelor.
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The venom put Baelor in a coma, so Aemon carried the comatose king north. A [[septon]] in a village located on the [[Boneway]] in the [[Red Mountains]] gave Aemon clothing and an ass to carry Baelor. The cousins arrived at [[Blackhaven]] where the castle's maester treated Baelor. The king eventually awoke upon the journey to [[Storm's End]] but was half a year more before he was fit to travel to [[King's Landing]].{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}}
  
The venom put Baelor in a coma, his cousin Aemon carried his comatose King all the way through the [[Boneway]] untill he came across a village that gave him clothing and an ass to take them the rest of the way. Aemon arrived at [[Blackhaven]] where the castle's [[Maester]] treated Baelor. Baelor eventually awoke upon the journey to [[Storm's End]] but was half a year more before he was fit to travel to [[King's Landing]].{{ref|twoiaf| Baelor I}}
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===Reign of Viserys II===
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Aemon served during the brief reign of his father [[Viserys II Targaryen]], king from {{Date|171}} to {{Date|172}}.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}
  
 
===Reign of Aegon IV===
 
===Reign of Aegon IV===
After Kings [[Baelor I Targaryen|Baelor I]] and [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys II]] died, Aemon's elder brother [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon]] became king. During Aegon's reign, Aemon remained the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard|Lord Commander of]] [[Kingsguard|the Kingsguard]], a position he held until his death.  
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Aemon's elder brother, [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]], succeeded their father, Viserys II. During Aegon's reign, Aemon remained the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]],{{fact}} a position he held until his death.
  
When Queen Naerys was accused of adultery and treason by the knight Ser [[Morgil Hastwyck]], Prince Aemon defended his sister's honor in [[trial by combat]] and slew Ser Morgil.{{Ref|aGoT|15}} This event became famous and inspired many songs, stories and fables by bards, furthering Prince Aemon's renown much to King Aegon's annoyance.  
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When Naerys was accused of adultery and treason by Ser [[Morgil Hastwyck]], Prince Aemon defended his sister's honor in [[trial by combat]] and slew Morgil.{{Ref|aGoT|15}} This inspired many songs and furthered Aemon's renown, much to King Aegon's annoyance.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
  
The rumors still remained about Aemon being the actual father of Aegon's son and heir, Prince [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron]].{{ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}} This caused several people to look at one of Aegon's bastards, [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]], as the new heir to the throne. The truth of these rumours have never been proven or disproven.  
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Rumors remained about Aemon being the actual father of Aegon's son and heir, Prince [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron]].{{Ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}} This caused several people to look at one of Aegon's bastards, [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]], as the new heir to the throne. The truth of these rumors have never been proven or disproven. According to the writings of [[Maester]] [[Kaeth]] in ''[[Lives of Four Kings]]'', Aegon IV secretly started the rumors of Naerys's adultery and used Morgil to instigate this tale, though at the time Aegon denied this. These accusations coincidentally started when Aegon and his heir, Prince Daeron, were quarreling. Daeron opposed Aegon's plan for an unprovoked war on [[Dorne]], and the prince being Aemon's son would give King Aegon a legitimate reason to set aside his heir in favor of his bastard, Daemon.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
  
According to the writings of [[Kaeth|Maester Kaeth]] in the ''[[Lives of Four Kings]]'', it was in fact [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]] who secretly started the rumors of Naerys adultery and used the knight, [[Morgil Hastwyck|Ser Morgil]] to instigate this tale, though at the time Aegon denied this. These accusations coincidentally started when Aegon and his heir Prince Daeron were quarreling. Daeron opposed Aegon's plan for an unprovoked war on [[Dorne]]. And if the tale was readily believed it would give King Aegon a legitimate reason to set aside his heir in favor of his [[Daemon I Blackfyre|bastard]]. Oddly enough there were no known rumours about the parentage of Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys]], only about [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron]]. {{ref|twoiaf| Aegon IV}}
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Queen [[Naerys Targaryen]] was near death after the birth of [[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys]] and a stillborn son.  There were no known rumors about the parentage of Princess Daenerys.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}} Aegon's [[Hand of the King]], [[Lord Bracken]], hoped the king would marry his daughter [[Barba Bracken|Barba]], the mother of Aegon's bastard [[Aegor Rivers]]. Naerys recovered, however, and Prince Daeron and the Dragonknight forced Barba to leave with the infant Aegor for [[Stone Hedge]].{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}} In contrast to Barba, Aegon's next mistress, [[Melissa Blackwood]], was befriended by Aemon, Daeron, and Naerys.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
  
Aemon once won a [[tournament]], disguised as a [[mystery knight]], after his brother Aegon had forbidden him to take part, because Aegon wanted to crown his mistress of that time as the [[queen of love and beauty]]. Aemon secretly took part anyway, disguised as a mystery knight known only as the ''Knight of Tears''. The ''Knight of Tears'' won the tournament, and Aemon was thus able to name his sister, [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]], the [[Queen of Love and Beauty]] in place of the king's mistress.
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Disguised as a [[mystery knight]], Prince Aemon once won a [[tourney]] after his brother Aegon had forbidden him to take part, because Aegon wanted to crown his mistress of that time as the [[queen of love and beauty]]. Disguised as the Knight of Tears, Aemon won the tournament and named Naerys Targaryen in place of the mistress.{{Ref|ASOS|24}}
  
Despite Aegon's feelings of disrespect and hatred towards Aemon and Aegon's provocations, Aemon in the end died honorably, defending his brother and king against the assassination attempt by two brothers of [[House Toyne]] who sought revenge against the King in retribution for the torture and execution of their brother, Ser [[Terrence Toyne]].{{Ref|aSoS|67}}{{ref|awoiaf| Aegon IV Targaryen}}{{ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}} Queen Naerys grieved his death and died in childbirth a year later.
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Despite Aegon's feelings of disrespect and hatred towards Aemon and Aegon's provocations, Aemon died honorably, defending his brother and king against the assassination attempt by two brothers of [[House Toyne]] who sought revenge for the torture and execution of their brother, Ser [[Terrence Toyne]].{{Ref|aSoS|67}}{{Ref|awoiaf| Aegon IV Targaryen}}{{Ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}} Queen Naerys grieved Aemon's death and died in childbirth a year later.{{Ref|twoiaf|The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
  
Though Aemon died honorably keeping to his [[Kingsguard]] oath and sacrificing his own life to protect and save the life of the brother and king who despised him, King Aegon the Unworthy did little to honor Aemons memory. In fact after the death of both his siblings, Aegon began to make barely veiled references to his son's alleged illegitimacy - something he now only dared to do because both his wife and the Dragonknight were dead.{{ref|twoiaf| Aegon IV}} Aegons attempts to blacken his brothers name failed, Aemon is remembered as a legendary knightly figure and his memory greatly respected throughout [[Westeros]], while the same can not be said of King [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon the Unworthy]].  
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==Legacy==
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King Aegon IV did little to honor the Dragonknight's memory. Aegon began to make barely-veiled references to his son Daeron's alleged illegitimacy, something he only dared to do because both Naerys and Aemon were dead.{{Ref|twoiaf|Aegon IV}} Aegon's attempts to blacken his brother's name failed, as Aemon is remembered as a heroic figure on par with legends of the [[Age of Heroes]] and his memory greatly respected throughout [[Westeros]], while the king was posthumously dubbed Aegon the Unworthy.  
  
[[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron II]], Aemon's nephew (or son, according to the rumors), named his grandson [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] in honor of the Dragonknight.{{ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}}{{Ref|aGoT|60}}
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Daeron II, Aemon's nephew (or son, according to the rumors), named his grandson [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon Targaryen]] in honor of the Dragonknight.{{Ref|awoiaf| Aemon Targaryen}}{{Ref|aGoT|60}} [[Tyrion Lannister]] uses Aemon as comparison when describing the fame of [[Barristan Selmy]] among [[smallfolk]].{{Ref|ACOK|3}}
  
==Quotes about Prince Aemon==
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==Quotes about Aemon==
{{Quote|The tale of Prince Aemon's treason with Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]] was only that, a tale, a lie [[Aegon IV Targaryen|his brother]] told when he wished to set [[Daeron II Targaryen|his trueborn son]] aside in favour of [[Daemon I Blackfyre|his bastard]].  Aegon was not called the Unworthy without cause. {{Ref|affc|13}}}} – Ser [[Arys Oakheart]]
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{{Quote|The days when men like [[Ryam Redwyne]] and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight wore the white cloak are gone to dust and song.{{Ref|aGoT|30}}|[[Varys]] to [[Eddard Stark]] regarding [[Robert I Baratheon]]'s [[Kingsguard]]}}
  
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{{Quote|[[Daeron II Targaryen|My grandfather]] named me for Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, who was his uncle, or his father, depending on which tale you believe. Aemon, he called me ...{{Ref|agot|60}}|[[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] to [[Jon Snow]]}}
  
{{Quote|[[Daeron II Targaryen|My grandfather]] named me for Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, who was his uncle, or his father, depending on which tale you believe. Aemon, he called me ... {{Ref|agot|60}}}} – [[Aemon]], to [[Jon Snow]]
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{{Quote|'''Arianne:''' And the Dragonknight? The noblest [[knight]] who ever lived, you said, and he took his queen to bed and got her with child.<br>
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'''Arys:''' I will not believe that. The tale of Prince Aemon's treason with Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]] was only that, a tale, a lie [[Aegon IV Targaryen|his brother]] told when he wished to set [[Daeron II Targaryen|his trueborn son]] aside in favor of [[Daemon I Blackfyre|his bastard]]. Aegon was not called the Unworthy without cause.{{Ref|affc|13}}|[[Arianne Martell]] and [[Arys Oakheart]]}}
  
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{{Quote|When he was born they named him for a hero who had died too young.{{Ref|aFfC|35}}|[[Samwell Tarly]] recalling [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon's]] namesake}}
  
{{Quote|Every child in Westeros knows how Prince Aemon the Dragonknight championed his sister Queen Naerys against Ser Morghil’s accusations.{{Ref|aFfC|43}}}} – [[Cersei Lannister]]
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{{Quote|Why, every child in [[Westeros]] knows how Prince Aemon the Dragonknight championed his sister Queen [[Naerys]] against Ser [[Morgil Hastwyck|Morghil's]] accusations.{{Ref|aFfC|43}}|[[Cersei Lannister]] to [[Taena of Myr]]}}
  
 
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{{Quote|Not every man has it in him to be Prince Aemon the Dragonknight or [[Symeon Star-Eyes]]...{{Ref|ADWD|29}}|[[Wyman Manderly]] to [[Davos Seaworth]]}}
{{Quote|The days when men like [[Ryam Redwyne]] and [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)|Prince Aemon the Dragonknight]] wore the white cloak are gone to dust and song.{{Ref|aGoT|30}}}} - [[Varys]] to [[Eddard Stark]] regarding [[Robert I Baratheon]]'s [[Kingsguard]].
 
 
 
 
 
{{Quote|When he was born they named him for a hero who had died too young.{{Ref|aFfC|35}}}} - [[Samwell Tarly]] recalling who [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Maester Aemon]] was named after.
 
  
 
==Family==
 
==Family==
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==See also==
 
*[[:Category:Images of Aemon Targaryen (the Dragonknight)|Images of Aemon Targaryen (the Dragonknight)]]
 
  
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For other characters named "Aemon Targaryen", see Aemon Targaryen.
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Aemon the Dragonknight, art by Robert O'Leary ©.

Alias The Dragonknight
The Knight of Tears
Title Prince
Ser
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Allegiance House Targaryen
Kingsguard
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Born In 136 AC[1], at King's Landing
Died In or between 178 AC and 183 AC[2]
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
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)

Prince Aemon Targaryen, also known as the Dragonknight, was the second son of King Viserys II Targaryen and his wife, Lady Larra Rogare. Aemon joined the Kingsguard during the reign of his uncle, King Aegon III Targaryen, at he age of seventeen,[3] and eventually rose to become Lord Commander. After Aegon III, Aemon served four other kings. He died saving the life of his brother, King Aegon IV Targaryen.

Prince Aemon has been referred to as the noblest knight who ever lived, and his skill with a sword is legendary throughout the Seven Kingdoms. Even over a hundred years after his death, he is a popular figure among the highborn and smallfolk in songs, stories, and fables.

Appearance and Personality

As an infant, Aemon was large, lust and strong, and just as beautiful as his brother Aegon was.[1][4]

Aemon possessed some piety, making him more alike to his younger sister Naerys than to his older brother Aegon.[1] He became a great jouster and swordsman later in life. It is said that Cregan Stark considered Aemon to have been the best swordsman he ever faced.[5] He is considered by some to have been the noblest knight to have ever lived.[1]

Aemon became known as the Dragonknight because the crest on his helm was a three-headed dragon of House Targaryen wrought in white gold.[1]

History

Early life

Aemon was born to Prince Viserys Targaryen and Lady Larra Rogare on eve of Smith's Day in 136 AC. A dragon's egg was placed in his cradle.[4] All rejoiced at his birth, except his older brother Aegon, who was found by their mother hitting the newborn Aemon with Aemon's egg.[4]

Aemon was inseparable from his sister Naerys when they were young.[6] Stories speak of Aemon's doomed love for his sister.[7] Aemon and Naerys supposedly loved each other.[8][9] According to the singers, both Aemon and Naerys cried the day Naerys married Aegon in 153 AC, although historians report that Naerys had only cried during the bedding, while Aemon had quarreled with Aegon at the wedding feast.[1] Aemon grew to be so accomplished in the lists and with the sword that he was deemed worthy of carrying the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister.[1] Shortly after Naerys and Aegon's wedding,[10] Aemon joined the Kingsguard, taking his vows at the age of seventeen during the reign of his uncle, King Aegon III Targaryen.[1][11][12] During his life, Aemon would serve under five kings: his uncle Aegon III, his cousins Daeron I and Baelor I, his father Viserys II, and lastly his brother Aegon IV.

Aemon once fought Lord Cregan Stark. Prince Aemon claimed he never faced a finer swordsman.[5]

Conquest of Dorne

Aemon took part in the invasion of Dorne, led by his cousin and king, Daeron I Targaryen. Aemon prevented an assassination attempt on Daeron by throwing himself in the path of a poisoned arrow meant for his king. Aemon survived the poison and was sent back to King's Landing to recover.[13]

Upon his recovery Aemon returned to Dorne to protect his king and won great fame by defeating a Dornish champion. A rebellion in Dorne undid Daeron's conquest, however. Aemon was with Daeron when he met the Dornishmen under a peace banner in 161 AC, together with four other knights of the Kingsguard. Three of those Kingsguard knights died defending Daeron, one shamefully yielded, and Aemon was captured after slaying two of the betrayers.[13] Lord Wyl of Wyl eventually put Aemon naked in a crow cage placed above a pit filled with vipers.[14]

Reign of Baelor

Aemon pulls up Baelor from the viper pit in Dorne
As depicted in The World of Ice & Fire

The new king, Baelor I Targaryen, made peace with the Prince of Dorne. On his return trip from Sunspear, Baelor tried to free his cousin Aemon. House Wyl was told to release Aemon into Baelor's custody, but instead they gave Baelor the key to the op and an invitation to use it. The Dragonknight, fearing for his cousin and new king's safety, begged Baelor to leave him, but Baelor refused and walked into the pit.[14]

Singers say the snakes bowed their heads and refused to bite Baelor due to protection from the gods.[14] Some maesters believe Baelor was bitten six times before reaching Aemon's cage,[14] while Dornishmen claim the king was bitten half a hundred times before using the key.[15] The freed Aemon carried Baelor upon his back, while the Wyls wagered on how long they would last.[14]

The venom put Baelor in a coma, so Aemon carried the comatose king north. A septon in a village located on the Boneway in the Red Mountains gave Aemon clothing and an ass to carry Baelor. The cousins arrived at Blackhaven where the castle's maester treated Baelor. The king eventually awoke upon the journey to Storm's End but was half a year more before he was fit to travel to King's Landing.[14]

Reign of Viserys II

Aemon served during the brief reign of his father Viserys II Targaryen, king from 171 AC to 172 AC.[1]

Reign of Aegon IV

Aemon's elder brother, Aegon IV, succeeded their father, Viserys II. During Aegon's reign, Aemon remained the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard,[citation needed] a position he held until his death.

When Naerys was accused of adultery and treason by Ser Morgil Hastwyck, Prince Aemon defended his sister's honor in trial by combat and slew Morgil.[16] This inspired many songs and furthered Aemon's renown, much to King Aegon's annoyance.[6]

Rumors remained about Aemon being the actual father of Aegon's son and heir, Prince Daeron.[11] This caused several people to look at one of Aegon's bastards, Daemon Blackfyre, as the new heir to the throne. The truth of these rumors have never been proven or disproven. According to the writings of Maester Kaeth in Lives of Four Kings, Aegon IV secretly started the rumors of Naerys's adultery and used Morgil to instigate this tale, though at the time Aegon denied this. These accusations coincidentally started when Aegon and his heir, Prince Daeron, were quarreling. Daeron opposed Aegon's plan for an unprovoked war on Dorne, and the prince being Aemon's son would give King Aegon a legitimate reason to set aside his heir in favor of his bastard, Daemon.[6]

Queen Naerys Targaryen was near death after the birth of Daenerys and a stillborn son. There were no known rumors about the parentage of Princess Daenerys.[6] Aegon's Hand of the King, Lord Bracken, hoped the king would marry his daughter Barba, the mother of Aegon's bastard Aegor Rivers. Naerys recovered, however, and Prince Daeron and the Dragonknight forced Barba to leave with the infant Aegor for Stone Hedge.[6] In contrast to Barba, Aegon's next mistress, Melissa Blackwood, was befriended by Aemon, Daeron, and Naerys.[6]

Disguised as a mystery knight, Prince Aemon once won a tourney after his brother Aegon had forbidden him to take part, because Aegon wanted to crown his mistress of that time as the queen of love and beauty. Disguised as the Knight of Tears, Aemon won the tournament and named Naerys Targaryen in place of the mistress.[17]

Despite Aegon's feelings of disrespect and hatred towards Aemon and Aegon's provocations, Aemon died honorably, defending his brother and king against the assassination attempt by two brothers of House Toyne who sought revenge for the torture and execution of their brother, Ser Terrence Toyne.[18][19][11] Queen Naerys grieved Aemon's death and died in childbirth a year later.[6]

Legacy

King Aegon IV did little to honor the Dragonknight's memory. Aegon began to make barely-veiled references to his son Daeron's alleged illegitimacy, something he only dared to do because both Naerys and Aemon were dead.[20] Aegon's attempts to blacken his brother's name failed, as Aemon is remembered as a heroic figure on par with legends of the Age of Heroes and his memory greatly respected throughout Westeros, while the king was posthumously dubbed Aegon the Unworthy.

Daeron II, Aemon's nephew (or son, according to the rumors), named his grandson Aemon Targaryen in honor of the Dragonknight.[11][21] Tyrion Lannister uses Aemon as comparison when describing the fame of Barristan Selmy among smallfolk.[22]

Quotes about Aemon

The days when men like Ryam Redwyne and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight wore the white cloak are gone to dust and song.[23]

My grandfather named me for Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, who was his uncle, or his father, depending on which tale you believe. Aemon, he called me ...[21]

Arianne: And the Dragonknight? The noblest knight who ever lived, you said, and he took his queen to bed and got her with child.
Arys: I will not believe that. The tale of Prince Aemon's treason with Queen Naerys was only that, a tale, a lie his brother told when he wished to set his trueborn son aside in favor of his bastard. Aegon was not called the Unworthy without cause.[24]

When he was born they named him for a hero who had died too young.[25]

Samwell Tarly recalling Aemon's namesake

Why, every child in Westeros knows how Prince Aemon the Dragonknight championed his sister Queen Naerys against Ser Morghil's accusations.[26]

Not every man has it in him to be Prince Aemon the Dragonknight or Symeon Star-Eyes...[27]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
Maelor
 
Jaehaera
 
Aegon III
 
Daenaera
Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys II
 
Larra
Rogare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron I
 
Rhaena
 
 
Elaena
 
Alyn
Velaryon
 
Baelor I
 
Daena
 
Aegon IV
 
Naerys
 
Aemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ossifer
Plumm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeyne
Waters
 
Jon
Waters
 
 
Daemon
Blackfyre
 
Daeron II
 
Myriah
Martell
 
Daenerys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys
Plumm
 
 
 
Michael
Manwoody
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ronnel
Penrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Longwaters
 
 
House
Blackfyre
 
 
 
House
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robin
Penrose
 
Laena
Penrose
 
Jocelyn
Penrose
 
Joy
Penrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  2. See the Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II) calculation.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Bad reference param2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 51, Sansa IV.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 44, Sansa III.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
  10. asoiaf.westeros.org: Small Questions (21 March, 2019)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aemon Targaryen.
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  19. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aegon IV Targaryen.
  20. The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon IV.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
  26. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  27. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.