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King Maegor I Targaryen was the third Targaryen King to sit the Iron Throne. His actions during his six-year long reign led to him being remembered as Maegor the Cruel. Maegor was the youngest son of King Aegon I Targaryen, born by Aegon's elder sister-wife, Visenya. He was mostly raised on Dragonstone, and came to be referred to as the "prince on Dragonstone". Maegor had no true friends in his youth, keeping mostly to himself. He was a born warrior, who distinguished himself in tourneys, and received knighthood at the hand of his father at the age of sixteen – making him the youngest knight in the realm at the time – and who showed his prowess in battle further during several military campaigns. He claimed the dragon Balerion after his father's death.
Maegor and his half-brother, Aenys I Targaryen, were rather close during Aenys's reign. Aenys proclaimed they would rule together, and Maegor was named Hand of the King after swiftly dealing with a rebellion in the Vale. However, when Maegor, who had been wed to the High Septon's niece in 25 AC, took a second wife in 39 AC, the realm was shocked. Maegor was send to Pentos in exile, but was brought back to Westeros by his mother when Aenys died on Dragonstone in 42 AC. With Aenys' eldest son and heir, Prince Aegon, besieged at Crakehall, Maegor claimed the throne. Maegor dealt with Prince Aegon the next year, but his nephew was not his greatest opposition. Maegor spend the majority of his reign warring against the Faith, resulting in bloody massacres. He executed all the men who had constructed the Red Keep to preserve its secrets, and forcefully married three women whom he had widowed, in his attempts to beget an heir. Read more…
- “Why shouldn’t we rule ourselves again? It was the dragons we married, and the dragons are all dead! There sits the only king I mean to bow my knee to, m’lords. The King in the North!” —Greatjon Umber
- “Don’t kill him here!” —Masha Heddle, regarding Tyrion
“Don’t kill him anywhere.” —Tyrion Lannister, regarding himself
- “So I will only ask you once, Lord Snow. Are you a brother of the Night’s Watch, or a bastard boy who wants to play at war?” —Lord Commander Mormont
Did you know...
- ... that George R. R. Martin originally intended to have a five or six year gap between the events of A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows?
- ... that, following the conclusion of the Dance of the Dragons, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower spent the remainder of her life imprisoned and died during the outbreak of the Winter Fever in 133 AC?
- ... that the red comet that appears in A Clash of Kings is partially inspired by Caesar's Comet from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Comet Hale–Bopp and Comet Hyakutake?
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 31, Tyrion IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 70, Jon IX.
- The Citadel: What happened to the five-year gap that was supposed to follow ASoS?
- asoiaf.westeros.org: Alicent Hightower's death
- So Spake Martin: Eastern Cities and Peoples, June 12, 2002