Aegon V Targaryen

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Biographical Information
Reign 233 AC - 259 AC
Full Name Aegon Targaryen Fifth of His Name
Alias Aegon the Unlikely
Egg
Titles King of Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Born in +/- 199 AC
Died in 259 AC Summerhall
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Maekar I
Heir Duncan the Small
Successor Jaehaerys II
Issue Duncan the Small
Jaehaerys II
Rhaelle Targaryen
Father Maekar I
References
Books The Hedge Knight (Appears)
The Sworn Sword (Appears)
The Mystery Knight (Appears)
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)
TV series

Aegon V was King of the Seven Kingdoms and the fifteenth Targaryen to sit the Iron Throne.

He became king only after a Great Council that bypassed a number of candidates earlier in the line of succession, and after his elder brother Aemon refused the throne. As the fourth son of Maekar I, himself a fourth son, Aegon was called "Aegon the Unlikely."[1]

Appearance

According to a semi-canon source, Aegon had long, shoulder-length hair that shone like beaten gold with strands of silver woven together. Tall, slender and handsome, he had large eyes, deep and dark and purple. He wore the crown of Aegon III.[2]

Biography

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Aegon in his youth, during the Tales of Dunk and Egg

In his youth, he served as a squire to the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall under his nickname "Egg". He owned a dragon egg, which was colored with green and white swirls, placed in his cradle with him when he was a babe.[3] He loathed his brother, the cruel and sadistic Aerion, who threw Aegon's pet cat down a well and even once visited Aegon in his bedroom during the dead of night where Aerion put a knife to Aegon's privates and joked about removing his genitals so he would become a girl who Aerion could marry.

Aegon was supposed to squire for his brother Daeron in the Ashford Tourney but Daeron who had no interest in jousting and stayed at an inn and drank himself into a stupor. Ser Duncan the Tall visited the inn and Aegon was impressed by the humble hedge knight and followed him.

He served as a squire to Ser Duncan during the Ashford Tourney where his uncle, Prince Baelor Breakspear died of a wound inflicted by his brother Maekar.[4] Prince Maekar wished Aegon to be trained as a knight but Aegon would only agree if Duncan was the knight who trained him. Maekar offered Duncan a place at the garrison of Summerhall, but Duncan declined and agreed to take Aegon on only if Aegon accompanied him as his squire. Aegon would live humbly, but Duncan thought it would make Aegon a better man than his brothers Aerion and Daeron.

A year later he squired for Ser Duncan during the small localized conflict between House Webber and House Osgrey.[5] In 212 AC, he played a part in the suppression of the Second Blackfyre Rebellion at Whitewalls.[3]

After his father Maekar I's death, it was unclear who should be king since two of his older brothers had died before his father. Daeron left a feeble witted daughter and Aerion a minor son, so the Great Council was called to choose the king. His brother Aemon, a maester, was offered the crown but refused, stating it should be given to Aegon. Aemon then joined the Night's Watch to prevent any plots from developing whereby he would be used against his brother.

He married for love and allowed his sons to do the same, to the sorrow of the kingdom.[6]

Reign

Aegon was crowned King of the Seven Kingdoms when he was thirty-three years old. According to Aemon, Aegon, despite being a man grown with sons of his own, was still half a boy and had an innocence to him, a sweetness that was well loved. Before departing for the Wall, Aemon told his brother:

"It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born."[7]

As an honor guard for Aemon's journey to the Wall, Aegon emptied the dungeons and sent the prisoners to the Wall, one of them being Bloodraven. During Aegon's reign he appointed his old friend Ser Duncan as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

Aegon arranged the marriage between Prince Aerys and his sister Princess Rhaella after he heard a prophecy from a wood witch who was friends with Jenny of Oldstones that the prince that was promised would be born from their line.

The supposed last of the Blackfyre pretenders were finally cast down and destroyed during his reign in the War of the Ninepenny Kings. Aegon was very popular among the smallfolk.

Barristan Selmy stated Aegon V married for love and all three of his sons were said to want to do the same in defiance of their father's wishes. Aegon relented, even though it made bitter enemies instead of fast friends. This led to treason and turmoil that ended in Summerhall, in sorcery, fire and grief.

Aegon perished in a fire at Summerhall, the Targaryen summer home, while trying to hatch dragon eggs. His son, Prince Duncan the Small, and Lord Commander Duncan of the Kingsguard also perished in the incident. The event is referred to as the Tragedy of Summerhall.

Family

Ancestors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron II
 
Myriah
Martell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baelor
 
Jena
Dondarrion
 
Aerys I
 
Aelinor
Penrose
 
Rhaegel
 
Alys
Arryn
 
Maekar I
 
Dyanna
Dayne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valarr
 
Kiera of
Tyrosh
[8]
 
Matarys
 
Aelora
 
Aelor
 
Daenora
 
Aerion
 
Daeron
 
Kiera of
Tyrosh
[8]
 
Aemon
 
Daella
 
Aegon V
 
Rhae
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stillborn sons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maegor
 
 
 
 
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
descendants
 
House Targaryen
 
Unknown
descendants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Descendants

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon V
 
Betha
Blackwood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duncan
 
Jenny
of Oldstones
 
Jaehaerys II
 
Shaera
 
Daeron
 
Rhaelle
 
Ormund
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerys II
 
Rhaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar
 
Elia
Martell
 
Shaena
 
 
stillborn child
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
 
Drogo
 
Daenerys
 
Hizdahr
zo Loraq
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys
 
Aegon
 
 
 
Daeron
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Rhaego
 

References and Notes

  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  2. Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005) So Spake Martin
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Mystery Knight
  4. The Hedge Knight
  5. The Sworn Sword
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
  8. Kiera of Tyrosh was widowed when Valarr Targaryen died from the Great Spring Sickness; some time later she married his cousin Daeron.