Rhaella Targaryen

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Title Queen
Allegiance House Targaryen
Died In 284 AL, at Dragonstone
Spouse Aerys II
Book(s) A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Rhaella Targaryen was the sister-wife of Aerys II. Her father was Jaehaerys II. Rhaella died in child labor after giving birth to princess Daenerys.[1]

History

Ser Barristan Selmy claimed that in her youth before Rhaella was married she was madly in love with Ser Bonifer Hasty who wore her favor and won a tournament where he named Rhaella Queen of Love and Beauty. The pair had a brief passionate relationship but Ser Bonifer was considered by others as being of too low birth to wed a Targaryen Princess.

Later in her life at the command of her grandsire Jaehaerys II, Rhaella married her brother Aerys Targaryen at some time before 259 AL. The king was influenced by a woods witch brought to court by Jenny of Oldstones, who prophesied that the Prince that was Promised would be born from their line.[2]

After the Tragedy of Summerhall killed their grandfather and his eldest son, Aerys became crown prince, with Rhaella to be his queen. On the same day, Rhaella gave birth to Rhaegar.[3]

In later years Rhaella's relationship with her husband deteriorated. They only slept together when Aerys had executed someone by burning, Jaime Lannister recalled how burning someone would always arose Aerys. The last time was after Aerys had burned Lord Chelsted. Jaime remembers that he heard Rhaella cry as she was abused. The next day she was sent to Dragonstone to escape the coming siege of King's Landing by the rebels, her maids reported that there were bruises, bite marks and scratches all over the Queens body.[4]

When the city fell two weeks later, she and her younger son Viserys became the last surviving members of the Targaryen dynasty. Rhaella spent the duration of her pregnancy on Dragonstone, where delivered her third child, Daenerys. She died shortly thereafter from the stress of giving birth.[5]

When she was a princess, her ladies-in-waiting included Lady Joanna Lannister and the mother of Prince Doran Martell.[6]

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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