Maegor I Targaryen

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Maegor I
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Biographical Information
Reign 42 AC - 48 AC
Full Name Maegor Targaryen First of His Name
Alias Maegor the Cruel

Hand of the King under Aenys I

King of the Seven Kingdoms
Died in 48 AC King's Landing
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Aenys I
Successor Jaehaerys I
Queen Jeyne Westerling
Alys Harroway
Tyanna of Pentos
Father Aegon I
Mother Visenya Targaryen

Maegor I, called Maegor the Cruel, was the son of Aegon I and Visenya. He was the younger half-brother of Aenys I. He was the third king to sit the Iron Throne.

Appearance & Character

According to a semi-canon source, Maegor was large, larger than his father, Aegon I. A warrior, he was bull-like with heavy shoulders, thick neck and huge arms. He kept his hair short and his beard trimmed to his jawline. He wore Aegon the Conqueror's crown.[1]

Maegor was often seen as cruel, never treating animals well and keeping to himself.[2]

Early life

Maegor was considered a skilled knight and was one of the youngest in the kingdom ever to be knighted. He was a better jouster than many grown men he met in the lists.[3]

At 13 Maegor married one of his half-sisters (a full sister of Aenys[4] ) who was around 16 or 17 years old. The day afterward their wedding he proclaimed that he had created a son on his wedding night, although no child resulted from the consummation. In early life he did not bond with a dragon, claiming none were worthy.[5]

When his father died he served as Hand during his half-brother Aenys' rule. When Aenys assumed the throne, he presented Maegor with Aegon's Valyrian blade, Blackfyre, admitting to all assembled that he was not nearly the warrior his half-brother was.[6]

When the Faith Militant uprising began, Aenys was unable to deal with the crisis and much of the responsibility fell on Maegor to handle the revolt. Maegor instituted laws forbidding Holy men from being able to bear arms which became known as "Maegor's laws".


Upon Aenys's death, Maegor came to the Iron Throne ahead of his brother's son, Jaehaerys, under unknown circumstances. During his reign, the Faith Militant uprising continued. He crushed the rebellions with ruthless and brutal methods, offering a gold dragon for the scalp of a Warrior's Son and a silver stag for the scalp of a Poor Fellow, earning him his nickname "The Cruel." However, the fight with the militant orders was only ended under the reign of his successor.[7]

Maegor eventually became Balerion's rider.

Maegor completed the construction on the Red Keep, giving Maegor's Holdfast its name. He had its builders executed to protect the secrets of the hidden passages he had constructed.[8]

Maegor notoriously kept multiple wives at a time. He had up to eight or nine wives, though not all of them were simultaneous and beheaded a few for failing to produce an heir - a test that all of them ultimately failed. [9] Among his wives was Jeyne Westerling.[10] Alys Harroway and Tyanna of Pentos were also married to him at the same time.[11] Maegor also had three Grand Maesters executed during his reign.[12] Maegor was killed on the Iron Throne by unknown means, though some whisper by the throne itself.[13] Maegor died with no issue.


While notoriously brutal in his personal life, Maegor seems to have been quite effective in cementing the Targaryen dynasty as the ruling House of the Seven Kingdoms despite a massive popular uprising that lasted eleven years. One might say that a brutal Hand and King is not a bad fit for a brutal era.


Aegon I
Aenys I
Maegor I
Jaehaerys I
Tyanna of
the Tower

References and Notes

  1. Targaryen Kings. (November 1, 2005) So Spake Martin
  2. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  3. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  4. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  5. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  6. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
  9. June 06, 2001 Targaryen Polygamy So Spake Martin
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
  11. The World of Ice and Fire
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.

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