Aegon V Targaryen
Aegon V by Amoka©
|Reign||233 AC - 259 AC|
|Full Name||Aegon Targaryen Fifth of His Name|
Aegon the Unlikely|
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|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Heir||Duncan the Small|
Duncan the Small |
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)
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."
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.
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. 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. 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. In 212 AC, he played a part in the suppression of the Second Blackfyre Rebellion at Whitewalls.
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.
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."
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.
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.
References and Notes
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005) So Spake Martin
- The Mystery Knight
- The Hedge Knight
- The Sworn Sword
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
- Kiera of Tyrosh was widowed when Valarr Targaryen died from the Great Spring Sickness; some time later she married his cousin Daeron.