Maekar I Targaryen
|Reign||221 AL - 233 AL|
|Full Name||Maekar of House Targaryen the First of His Name|
|Titles||King of the Seven Kingdoms|
|Born in||174 AL |
|Died in||233 AL|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Heir||Daeron, Prince of Summerhall|
Maekar I was king of the Seven Kingdoms. He was born as fourth son of king Daeron II and was given the Targaryen seat of Summerhall. Maekar was a capable army commander who served in the Blackfyre Rebellion. After a number of unexpected deaths in the royal family, he came to the throne in 221 AL. He ruled until 233 AL, when he fell in battle against a rebel lord.
Maekar was the son of Daeron II and Myriah Martell. As a fourth son, he was not expected to rule. He married early and fathered at least four sons and two daughters. He was given the Targaryen summer residence Summerhall for his own.
During the Blackfyre Rebellion Maekar served as one of the Targaryen force's commanders. It was his shield wall that held against the "mad" attack of his uncle Aegor “Bittersteel” Rivers in the Battle of the Redgrass Field 196 AL. When his brother Baelor Targaryen attacked the rebel army from the rear the battle was won. Later a song was made about the battle of "the Hammer (Baelor) and the Anvil (Maekar)".
Nevertheless Maekar may have felt unappreciated. The victory was more attributed to his brother and the errors of Daemon Blackfyre then to his efforts. In other things he also stood in the shadow of his brothers, wounding his pride. Raymun Fossoway said of him:
Tourney at Ashford
In 208 AL a tournament was held in Ashford. Maekar was there to see his sons Daeron and Aerion compete. His fourth son Aegon was to squire for Daeron. The tournament proved disastrous for Maekar and his sons. Daeron drank himself into a stupor before reaching the tournament, Aegon joined the service of the hedge knight Dunk in a disguise, and Aerion shamed himself during the joust by killing his opponent's horse. After Dunk attacked Aerion and requested a trial by combat, Maekar had no choice but to support Aerion's call for vengeance as well as Daeron's accusation that Dunk had kidnapped Aegon.
During the trial of seven, Maekar came to blows with his brother Baelor, who fought for Dunk, and delivered a lethal axe blow to Baelor's head. Baelor survived the trial, but died soon after taking off his helmet. Maekar suspected that he would thereafter be held in suspicion as a kinslayer. Dealing with the problems of his sons, Maekar banished Aerion to the Free Cities and offered Dunk a position in his personal guard to serve as a role model for Aegon. After Dunk refused, Maekar allowed Aegon to accompany Dunk as his squire.
In the Great Spring Sickness (209 AL) King Daeron and the children of Baelor died. Maekar's brother Aerys I succeeded to the throne and appointed their bastard uncle Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers as Hand. Maekor had expected to be appointed Hand and could not get along with Bloodraven, so he withdrew from court to his residence at Summerhall.
After Aerys's death, Maekar took the Iron Throne and had Bloodraven imprisoned. For seven years of his reign, a hot summer persisted. Some thought it was the Great Summer come at last. However when it broke it was followed by a short autumn and a long, cold winter.
Maekar ruled until 233 AL when he fell in battle against an unknown rebel lord. He was succeeded by his son Aegon.
In the comic edition of The Hedge Knight, Maekar is powerfully built and wears a beard. His eyes are violet and his hair is such a pale blond that it is almost white. He had straight hair and a square-cut beard, both being the color of silver with a hint of gold. He was thickly built and powerful looking. Pox scares marred his cheeks. According to a semi-canon source, Maekar wore a crown of black iron and gold, with sharp points. He has his personal coat of arms, the three-headed Targaryen dragon, four times.