Jaehaerys I Targaryen

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Jaehaerys I
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Biographical Information
Reign 48 AC - 103 AC
Full Name Jaehaerys Targaryen First of His Name
Alias The Conciliator
The Old King
The Wise
Titles King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Died in 103 AC King's Landing
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Maegor I
Successor Viserys I
Queen Alysanne Targaryen
Father Aenys I

Jaehaerys I, known as the Conciliator or the Old King, was the fourth Targaryen King of the Seven Kingdoms, ruling from 48–103 AL. He was a dragonrider whose mount was Vermithor.

Appearance

According to a semi-canon source, Jaehaerys looked wise and dignified even into his later years, with a long white, flowing beard. Not a warrior, his crown was a simple gold band with seven different colored stones inset.[1]

Biography

Jaehaerys was the first-born child of King Aenys I. For unknown reasons, his half-uncle, Maegor I, took the Iron Throne before him. After Maegor died without issue, Jaehaerys took the throne. He inherited from his uncle's reign a war with the Faith Militant, known as the Faith Militant uprising. Maegor had used brutal methods to eradicate the rebellion, such as placing bounties on the heads of all members of the Faith Militant, but the rebellion had continued. Jaehaerys pacified the rebellion with the offer of amnesty for all participants and the disbanding of the Faith Militant.[2] The offer was accepted and the orders disbanded on the condition that the Iron Throne would always defend the Faith of the Seven. This act earned him the name "the Conciliator." Jaehaerys also took away the right of the Faith to conduct criminal trials.

Jaehaerys ruled for over five decades, becoming the longest ruling of the Targaryen kings, which led to him also being referred to as the "Old King". Jaehaerys brought to the realm a time of great peace, aided by his beloved sister-wife, Good Queen Alysanne. Alysanne convinced him to abolish the lord's right to the first night.[3] As his Hand, Jaehaerys chose Septon Barth, a smith's son who served him for forty years.[4]

Such was Jaehaerys's wisdom and skill at diplomacy that he even managed to negotiate a truce and bring fifty years of peace between Houses Bracken and Blackwood, two houses whose animosity has lasted for well over two thousand years.[5]

Jaehaerys was known for his love of travel, and once visited the North with Queen Alysanne, six dragons and half his court.[6] It was during his reign that the Night's Watch castle Deep Lake was built, which was paid for by his wife's jewels and built by men Jaehaerys sent north.[7] Jaehaerys built the kingsroad, and the king and queen were known to stay at the inn at the crossroads during their journeys, so that afterward it was called the Two Crowns.[8]

In 92 AC Jaehaerys chose Baelon as his heir rather than Rhaenys. However, Baelon died before the Old King. Jaehaerys was succeeded by his grandson, Viserys I, who was selected as the heir by the Great Council of 101.[9] Jaehaerys and Alysanne had 9 children[10]. Their first born son was Aemon and their second born son was Baelon.

Small Council under Jaehaerys I

During the reign of King Jaehaerys his small council had the following known members:

Family

Ancestors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaella
 
Aerea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Descendents

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References and Notes