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'''Jaehaerys II''' was King of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] and the sixteenth [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] to sit the [[Iron Throne]]. He was born the second son of [[Aegon V Targaryen|King Aegon the Fifth]] and his Queen [[Betha Blackwood]]. Jaehaerys was the father of [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]] and the grandfather of [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]]. [[Dalbridge]] who would later join the [[Night's Watch]] served as a squire to Jaehaerys in his youth.{{ref|AWOIAF}}
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King '''Jaehaerys II Targaryen''' was a King of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] and the sixteenth [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] to sit the [[Iron Throne]]. He was the second born son of King [[Aegon V Targaryen]] and Queen [[Betha Blackwood]].{{Ref|TWOIAF| Appendix: Targaryen Lineage}} Jaehaerys was the father of King [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]] and the grandfather of Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], Prince [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]]. [[Dalbridge]], who would later join the [[Night's Watch]], served as a squire to Jaehaerys in his youth.{{ref|AWOIAF| Dalbridge}}{{Ref|ACOK|56}}
  
==Appearance==
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==Appearance and Character==
Jaehaerys was sickly looking, pale and frail with large [[purple eyes]] and shoulder length hair. He wore his grandfather [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar]]'s crown.<ref> Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005) [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Category/C91/ So Spake Martin]</ref> He suffered from numerous ailments throughout his life. {{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}}
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Jaehaerys was sickly looking, pale and frail with large [[purple eyes]] and shoulder length hair. He wore his grandfather [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar]]'s crown.<ref> Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005) [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Category/C91/ So Spake Martin]</ref> He suffered from numerous ailments throughout his life.{{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}} An amiable and clever, yet sickly man, Jaehaerys would die at the yong age of thirty-seven.<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1274/ So Spake Martin. Archon Meeting (October 5-7)] October 05, 2001.</ref> <ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Targaryen_Kings/Archived part of correspondence] between Amok and [[George R. R. Martin]] about the Targaryen kings</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Jaehaerys was an amiable, clever and sickly man who died at the young age of thirty-seven.<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1274/ So Spake Martin. Archon Meeting (October 5-7)] October 05, 2001.</ref> <ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Targaryen_Kings/Archived part of correspondence] between Amok and [[George R. R. Martin]] about the Targaryen kings</ref>
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Jaehaerys' father, King [[Aegon V Targaryen]], had developed a deep distaste for the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] practice of incestuous marriages and was determined to end the custom. Thus, in {{Date|237}}, Jaehaerys was betrothed to [[Celia Tully]], the daughter of the Lord of Riverrun. However, from a young age, Jaehaerys had been of a more traditional frame of mind, as he was in love with his sister, Princess [[Shaera Targaryen|Shaera]]. Shaera, in turn, desired him. King Aegon V and Queen [[Betha Blackwood|Betha]] observed this and were alerted because of it. They did everything they could to separate the two siblings, yet this only served to inflame their passion.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Aegon V}}
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While Jaehaerys had been betrothed to Celia Tully, Princess Shaera had been betrothed in {{Date|237}} to [[Luthor Tyrell]], the heir to [[Highgarden]].{{Ref|twoiaf| Aegon V}} When Jaehaerys' and Shaera's elder brother, Prince [[Duncan Targaryen|Duncan]], broke his betrothal to the daughter of Lord [[Lyonel Baratheon]] in {{Date|239}} and married a common born girl known as [[Jenny of Oldstones]], Prince Jaehaerys and Princess Shaera took note. Duncan was forced to choose between the [[Iron Throne]] and his position as heir to the throne, and his new bride. King Aegon V, in the end, relented, though Duncan was excluded from the line of succession.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Aegon V}}
  
Jaehaerys father, [[Aegon V Targaryen|King Aegon V]] had developed a deep distaste for the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] practice of incestuous marriages and was determined to end the custom. Jaehaerys from a young age was of a more traditional frame of mind, as he was in love with his sister [[Shaera Targaryen|Princess Shaera]] who in turn, desired him. Their parents observation alerted them to this and they did everything to separate the two siblings, but this only served to inflame the pairs passion.
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Thus, in {{Date|240}}, Jaehaerys and Shaera followed in Duncans footsteps. They eluded their guardians, and secretly wed and consummated the marriage. Aegon despaired over this, but felt he had no choice, as the marriage had been consummated. He was forced to relent to his children's wishes, while at the same time dealing with the anger and wounded pride of both [[House Tully]] and [[House Tyrell]].{{Ref|twoiaf| Aegon V}}
 
Jaehaerys father and mother in {{date|237}} while arranging a string of betrothals for their children, arranged a betrothal of Prince Jaehaerys to [[Celia Tully]], the daughter of the Lord of [[Riverrun]], Jaehaerys sister, [[Shaera Targaryen|Princess Shaera]] was to wed [[Luthor Tyrell]] the heir to [[Highgarden]] when they both came of age. {{Ref|twoiaf| Aegon V}}{{Ref|aDwD|67}}
 
  
When Jaehaerys older brother, [[Duncan Targaryen|Prince Duncan]] broke his betrothal and wed a common born girl known as [[Jenny of Oldstones]], he was forced by the [[small council]] to choose between the [[Iron Throne]] or the girl, he choose love and abdicated his claim on the crown, thus Jaehaerys was made the new heir. Jaehaerys did not fail to take note, that his father despite his anger eventually gave in to his sons wish to follow his heart and marry for love. {{ref|twoiaf| Aegon V}}  
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Following their example, the younger brother of Duncan and Jaehaerys, Prince [[Daeron  Targaryen (son of Aegon V)|Daeron Targaryen]], would later also break his betrothal, leading to all sons of King Aegon V to have married for love, which the king had only agreed to, because he himself had been allowed to do so.{{Ref|ADWD|67}}
  
In {{date|240}} Prince Jaehaerys and Princess Shaera who both eluded their guardians, secretly wed and consummated the marriage. Aegon despaired over this, but felt he had no choice now and was forced to relent to his children's wishes, while at the same time dealing with the anger and wounded pride of both [[House Tully]] and [[House Tyrell]] who his children's actions had spurned. {{Ref|twoiaf| Aegon V}} In {{date|244}} Jaehaerys and Shaera had their first child, a son who they named [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]].  
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In {{date|244}} Jaehaerys and Shaera had their first child, a son who they named [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]]. A daughter, [[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]], followed within the next two years.<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages#Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II Targaryen]] and [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella Targaryen]] calculations.''</ref>
  
  
Jaehaerys may have married for love, however, he commanded his son, [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]], and daughter, [[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]], to marry each other. A [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]], brought to court by [[Jenny of Oldstones]], prophesied that the [[prince that was promised]] would be born from their line. This marriage also further enraged Jaehaerys father, King Aegon V. {{ref|ADWD|23}} Their firstborn child, [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], was born in the year {{Date|259}}, on the same day that the [[Tragedy at Summerhall]] took place, killing King Aegon the fifth of his name.  
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While Jaehaerys himself had married for love, he would later commanded his son, Prince [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]], and daughter, Princess [[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]], to marry each other, despite neither desiring this match. A [[Ghost of High Heart|woods witch]], brought to court by [[Jenny of Oldstones]], prophesied that the [[prince that was promised]] would be born from their line.{{ref|ADWD|23}} Whilst King Aegon V was frustrated by Jaehaerys' decision, he let his son have it his way.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Aegon V}} The firstborn child of Aerys and Rhaella, Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], was born in the year {{Date|259}}, on the same day that the [[Tragedy at Summerhall]] took place, s tragedy which killed multiple members of House Targaryen, includin King [[Aegon V Targaryen]] and his eldest son, [[Duncan Targaryen|Duncan]].{{Ref|AWOIAF| Rhaegar Targaryen}}
  
 
===Reign===
 
===Reign===
Jaehaerys's ascended the throne at thirty-four, despite his young age, his reign would be short.  
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Jaehaerys's ascended the throne at the age of thirty-four. Despite his young age, his reign would be short, lasting only three years.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Jaehaerys II}}
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The most notable event that occured in his reign was the [[War of the Ninepenny Kings]]. The conflict had been brewing for some time.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Aegon V}} The [[Band of Nine]] had seized the [[Stepstones]] and Jaehaerys feared they would use the islands as a base of operation to launch a war on the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. Despite being the least martial of Aegon V's sons, he proved capable of defending realm from the [[House Blackfyre|Blackfyre]] pretender [[Maelys I Blackfyre|Maelys the Monstrous]].{{ref|AWOIAF| Jaehaerys II}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| Jaehaerys II}} Wanting to end the Blackfyre threat once and for all, Jaehaerys assembled the armies of the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref|TWOIAF| Jaehaerys II}}
  
The most notable event that happened in his reign was the [[War of the Ninepenny Kings]]. The [[Band of Nine]] had seized the [[Stepstones]], Jaehaerys feared they would use the islands as a base of operation to launch a war on the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. Despite being the least martial of Aegon V's sons, he proved capable of defending realm from the [[House Blackfyre|Blackfyre]] pretender [[Maelys the Monstrous]].{{ref|AWOIAF}} Wanting to end the Blackfyre threat, once and for all. Jaehaerys assembled the armies of the [[Iron Throne]].
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Jaehaerys had wanted to lead the attack against Maelys himself, but his [[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Ormund Baratheon]], protested this move and counselled the King to remain at [[King's Landing]] with Queen [[Shaera Targaryen|Shaera]]. Instead, Lord Ormund led the attack himself. In {{Date|260}}, the Targaryen armies landed on three of the [[Stepstones]]. The war would last for most of that year.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Jaehaerys II}}
  
Jaehaerys despite being sickly wanted to led the attack himself, but his [[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Ormund Baratheon]] protested this move and led the attack personally, the navy of [[House Targaryen]] landed on three of the [[Stepstones]] Islands. At first the invasion looked like it would end in failure, with Lord Ormund the first to fall, he died in the arms of his son [[Steffon Baratheon|Steffon]] after being cut down by Maelys. Command passed to [[Gerold Hightower]] of the [[Kingsguard]], the final battle was hard pressed but during the war, a young knight named Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] slew [[Maelys Blackfyre]] in single combat, winning undying fame and ending House Blackfyre through the male line. With Maelys dead, the rest of the [[Band of Nine]] lost interest in [[Westeros]]. {{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}}
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[[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Ormund Baratheon]], was one of the first to fall in battle. Cut down by [[Maelys I Blackfyre]], he died in the arms of his son, [[Steffon Baratheon|Steffon]]. The command of the Targaryen armies would then pass to Ser [[Gerold Hightower]], the new Lord Commander of the [[Kingsguard]]. The Targaryen armies were hard pressed for a while.{{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}} In the end, it was a young knight, Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], who slew Maelys in single combat.{{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}}{{Ref|ADWD|55}}{{Ref|ASOS|67}} With Maelys dead, the rest of the [[Band of Nine]] lost interest in [[Westeros]] and fell back to their own domains.{{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}}
  
  
Due to his delicate health, Jaehaerys was considered weak by many, but Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], whom he raised to the [[Kingsguard]],{{ref|ADWD|55}} thought differently. Jaehaerys's reign only lasted three years when he died of his illness, but he reigned well in those short years. He proved a capable king, restoring order to the kingdom, ending the [[House Blackfyre|Blackfyre]] threat and reconciling many of the Great Houses who had grown unhappy with his fathers reign. {{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}}
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Due to his delicate health, Jaehaerys was considered weak by many, but Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], whom he raised to the [[Kingsguard]],{{ref|ADWD|55}} thought differently. Jaehaerys's reign only lasted three years, but he reigned well in those short years. He proved a capable king, restoring order to the kingdom, ending the [[House Blackfyre|Blackfyre]] threat and reconciling many of the Great Houses who had grown unhappy with his fathers reign. {{ref|twoiaf| Jaehaerys II}} In {{Date|262}}, after barely three years on the throne, King Jaehaerys II Targaryen died after a short ilness, complaining of a sudden shortness of breath, at the age of thirty-seven.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Jaehaerys II}}
  
 
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{{Quote|Jaehaerys. [[Barristan Selmy|This old man]] knew my grandfather.{{Ref|asos|71}}}} - thoughts of [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
  
 
==Family==
 
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Jaehaerys II by Amok©
Biographical Information
Reign 259 AC - 262 AC
Full Name Jaehaerys Targaryen Second of His Name
Titles King of Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Born in 225 AC[1]
Died in 262 AC[2]
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Aegon V Targaryen
Heir Aerys II Targaryen
Successor Aerys II Targaryen
Queen Shaera Targaryen
Issue Rhaella Targaryen
Aerys II Targaryen
Father Aegon V Targaryen
References
Books A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)

King Jaehaerys II Targaryen was a King of the Seven Kingdoms and the sixteenth Targaryen to sit the Iron Throne. He was the second born son of King Aegon V Targaryen and Queen Betha Blackwood.[3] Jaehaerys was the father of King Aerys II and the grandfather of Prince Rhaegar, Prince Viserys and Queen Daenerys. Dalbridge, who would later join the Night's Watch, served as a squire to Jaehaerys in his youth.[4][5]

Appearance and Character

Jaehaerys was sickly looking, pale and frail with large purple eyes and shoulder length hair. He wore his grandfather Maekar's crown.[6] He suffered from numerous ailments throughout his life.[7] An amiable and clever, yet sickly man, Jaehaerys would die at the yong age of thirty-seven.[8] [9]

History

Jaehaerys' father, King Aegon V Targaryen, had developed a deep distaste for the Targaryen practice of incestuous marriages and was determined to end the custom. Thus, in 237 AC, Jaehaerys was betrothed to Celia Tully, the daughter of the Lord of Riverrun. However, from a young age, Jaehaerys had been of a more traditional frame of mind, as he was in love with his sister, Princess Shaera. Shaera, in turn, desired him. King Aegon V and Queen Betha observed this and were alerted because of it. They did everything they could to separate the two siblings, yet this only served to inflame their passion.[10]

While Jaehaerys had been betrothed to Celia Tully, Princess Shaera had been betrothed in 237 AC to Luthor Tyrell, the heir to Highgarden.[10] When Jaehaerys' and Shaera's elder brother, Prince Duncan, broke his betrothal to the daughter of Lord Lyonel Baratheon in 239 AC and married a common born girl known as Jenny of Oldstones, Prince Jaehaerys and Princess Shaera took note. Duncan was forced to choose between the Iron Throne and his position as heir to the throne, and his new bride. King Aegon V, in the end, relented, though Duncan was excluded from the line of succession.[10]

Thus, in 240 AC, Jaehaerys and Shaera followed in Duncans footsteps. They eluded their guardians, and secretly wed and consummated the marriage. Aegon despaired over this, but felt he had no choice, as the marriage had been consummated. He was forced to relent to his children's wishes, while at the same time dealing with the anger and wounded pride of both House Tully and House Tyrell.[10]

Following their example, the younger brother of Duncan and Jaehaerys, Prince Daeron Targaryen, would later also break his betrothal, leading to all sons of King Aegon V to have married for love, which the king had only agreed to, because he himself had been allowed to do so.[11]

In 244 AC Jaehaerys and Shaera had their first child, a son who they named Aerys. A daughter, Rhaella, followed within the next two years.[12]


While Jaehaerys himself had married for love, he would later commanded his son, Prince Aerys, and daughter, Princess Rhaella, to marry each other, despite neither desiring this match. A woods witch, brought to court by Jenny of Oldstones, prophesied that the prince that was promised would be born from their line.[13] Whilst King Aegon V was frustrated by Jaehaerys' decision, he let his son have it his way.[10] The firstborn child of Aerys and Rhaella, Prince Rhaegar, was born in the year 259 AC, on the same day that the Tragedy at Summerhall took place, s tragedy which killed multiple members of House Targaryen, includin King Aegon V Targaryen and his eldest son, Duncan.[14]

Reign

Jaehaerys's ascended the throne at the age of thirty-four. Despite his young age, his reign would be short, lasting only three years.[7]

The most notable event that occured in his reign was the War of the Ninepenny Kings. The conflict had been brewing for some time.[10] The Band of Nine had seized the Stepstones and Jaehaerys feared they would use the islands as a base of operation to launch a war on the Seven Kingdoms. Despite being the least martial of Aegon V's sons, he proved capable of defending realm from the Blackfyre pretender Maelys the Monstrous.[15][7] Wanting to end the Blackfyre threat once and for all, Jaehaerys assembled the armies of the Iron Throne.[7]

Jaehaerys had wanted to lead the attack against Maelys himself, but his Hand of the King, Lord Ormund Baratheon, protested this move and counselled the King to remain at King's Landing with Queen Shaera. Instead, Lord Ormund led the attack himself. In 260 AC, the Targaryen armies landed on three of the Stepstones. The war would last for most of that year.[7]

Hand of the King, Lord Ormund Baratheon, was one of the first to fall in battle. Cut down by Maelys I Blackfyre, he died in the arms of his son, Steffon. The command of the Targaryen armies would then pass to Ser Gerold Hightower, the new Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. The Targaryen armies were hard pressed for a while.[7] In the end, it was a young knight, Ser Barristan Selmy, who slew Maelys in single combat.[7][16][17] With Maelys dead, the rest of the Band of Nine lost interest in Westeros and fell back to their own domains.[7]


Due to his delicate health, Jaehaerys was considered weak by many, but Ser Barristan Selmy, whom he raised to the Kingsguard,[16] thought differently. Jaehaerys's reign only lasted three years, but he reigned well in those short years. He proved a capable king, restoring order to the kingdom, ending the Blackfyre threat and reconciling many of the Great Houses who had grown unhappy with his fathers reign. [7] In 262 AC, after barely three years on the throne, King Jaehaerys II Targaryen died after a short ilness, complaining of a sudden shortness of breath, at the age of thirty-seven.[7]

Quotes

King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness were two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.[18]

- Barristan Selmy to Daenerys Targaryen


Jaehaerys. This old man knew my grandfather.[18]

- thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 

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