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| Character_name = [[File:House Targaryen.svg|50px|left]] Visenya Targaryen [[File:House Targaryen.svg|50px|right]]
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| image_caption = Visenya by [http://en.amokanet.ru/gallery/martin/ Amoka©]
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| image_caption = Visenya by [http://en.amokanet.ru/gallery/martin/ Amok©]
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| Title = Queen
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| Title = Queen<br>Dowager Queen
| Allegiance = [[House Targaryen]]
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| Allegiance = [[House Targaryen]]
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| Race = [[Valyria]]n
| Culture = [[Valyrian]]
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| Culture = [[Crownlands]]
| Spouse = [[Aegon I Targaryen]]
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| Spouse = King [[Aegon I Targaryen]]
| Place_of_Birth=[[Dragonstone]]
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| Issue = [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
| Date_of_Birth = [[Years before Aegon's Landing|29 BC]]<!-- Before the war of conquest -->
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| Place_of_Birth = [[Dragonstone]]
| father = [[Aerion Targaryen (father of Aegon I)|Aerion Targaryen]]
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| Date_of_Birth = [[Years before Aegon's Conquest#Year 28 Before the Conquest|28 BC]] or [[Years before Aegon's Conquest#Year 29 Before the Conquest|29 BC]]<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Visenya Targaryen (sister of Aegon I)|Visenya Targaryen]] calculation.''</ref>
| mother = [[Velena Velaryon]]
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| father = [[Aerion Targaryen (son of Daemion)|Aerion Targaryen]]
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| mother = [[Valaena Velaryon]]
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| Place_of_Death = [[Dragonstone]]
| Books = [[A Game of Thrones]] (Mentioned)<br>[[A Clash of Kings]] (Mentioned)<br>[[A Storm of Swords]] (Mentioned)<br>[[A Feast for Crows]] (Mentioned)<br>[[A Dance with Dragons]] (Mentioned)
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| Date_of_Death = {{Date|44}}
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| Books = ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[Fire & Blood]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Sons of the Dragon]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Princess and the Queen]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (mentioned)
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[[File:Visenya targaryen by feliche.jpg|250px|thumb|right|[[Visenya Targaryen]] by [http://feliche.deviantart.com/ Feliche]©]]
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{{See homonyms|Visenya Targaryen (disambiguation)}}
'''Visenya Targaryen''' was the older of [[Aegon I]]'s sisters. She was also one of his [[polygamy|two wives]], the other being her sister [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]]. During the [[War of Conquest]], she rode the [[dragon]], [[Vhagar]], to battle.
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Queen '''Visenya Targaryen''' was the older sister and wife of King [[Aegon I Targaryen]], the first [[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]]. Her younger sister, [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]], was [[polygamy|married to Aegon as well]]. Visenya was a [[dragonrider]], and rode the [[dragon]] [[Vhagar]].
  
 
==Appearance and Character==
 
==Appearance and Character==
Aegon's eldest sister was a passionate, temperamental woman. She was a warrior, more comfortable in ringmail than in silk, she was apt to dress as [[Woman warrior|a warrior]], with her hair in braided coils or bound in rings. She wielded the [[Valyrian steel]] sword [[Dark Sister]].  She was described as having a "harsh beauty" and was reputed to have dabbled in sorcery. It is said that her brother-husband Aegon spent ten nights with [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]] for every one with her. <ref>Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Category/C92/ So Spake Martin]</ref>
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{{See also|:Category:Images of Visenya Targaryen|l1=Images of Visenya Targaryen}}
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Like her siblings, Visenya possessed the classical [[Valyria]]n features: long, silver-gold hair, which she often braided or bound up in rings, and [[purple eyes]].<ref name=ssm/>{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} Hers was a harsher, more austere beauty than her sister, [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]].{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} A voluptuous, sensual, and passionate woman, Visenya was also stern, serious, and unforgiving.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}<ref name=ssm/> Some claimed that Visenya dabbled in dark sorceries and played with [[poison]]s.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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Visenya was both a [[dragonrider]] and a warrior, comfortable in both silk and in ringmail.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} When garbed as a warrior, she always wielded the [[Valyrian steel]] [[longsword]] [[Dark Sister]].<ref name=ssm>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/More_Targaryen_Descriptions More Targaryen Descriptions]</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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===Early life===
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Born on the island [[Dragonstone (island)|Dragonstone]],{{ref|awoiaf| Visenya Targaryen}} Visenya was the eldest child of Lord [[Aerion Targaryen (son of Daemion)|Aerion Targaryen]] and Lady [[Valaena Velaryon]]. Her two younger siblings, [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon]] and [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]], were born within a few years following her birth.<ref name=ssm/> Since young age, Visenya trained together with Aegon at arms, and she became a skilled warrior.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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As expected, Visenya was wed to her brother Aegon following Valyrian custom. However, Aegon took their younger sister as a wife as well. People claimed that he had wed Visenya out of duty, and Rhaenys out of desire. Prior to her wedding, Visenya became a dragonrider, having bonded with the dragon [[Vhagar]].{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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In her youth Visenya was reported to have visited the [[Citadel]] of [[Oldtown]] and Lord [[House Redwyne|Redwyne]] of the [[Arbor]] together with her brother Aegon.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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===The Conquest===
 
===The Conquest===
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[[File:Aegon And His Sisters by Amok..png|thumb|400px|Visenya (left) with her brother [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon I]] and younger sister [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]].]]
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When her brother Aegon began his [[Aegon's Conquest|conquest]] of the [[Seven Kingdoms]], Visenya sailed with him from Dragonstone. Visenya subdued [[House Stokeworth]] and, following the defeat of [[House Darklyn]] in battle against Aegon and his bastard half-brother [[Orys Baratheon]], did not hesitate to claim the riches of [[Duskendale]], greatly swelling the coffers of [[House Targaryen]]. After having conquered a dozen houses, Aegon was crowned king. Visenya, now queen, placed a Valyrian steel circlet on Aegon's head while their sister Rhaenys hailed him as the new king of [[Westeros]]. Following the coronation, Visenya accompanied the Targaryen fleet to [[Gulltown]] and the [[Vale of Arryn|Vale]]. When the Arryn fleet [[battle in the waters off Gulltown|sunk a third of the Targaryen ships and captured many more]], Visenya descended from the sky upon [[Vhagar]], burning their ships.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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Next, Visenya was sent to [[Crackclaw Point]] by Aegon. The local lords had learned of [[Burning of Harrenhal|the faith]] that had befallen [[Harren Hoare]] at [[Harrenhal]], and submitted quickly, swearing oaths of fealty. Visenya took them as her own men, and from that day forth the lord owed their loyalty directly to the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref| twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}{{Ref|affc|20}}
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Visenya met Rhaenys, Aegon, and the Targaryen host at the [[Stoney Sept]], from where they raced south. There, they met the combined hosts of the [[Reach]] and the [[westerlands]] in battle. Visenya and her siblings fought from dragonback, setting the dry grasses and stands of wheat on the battlefield afire. With more than four thousand men dead from the fire, and tens of thousands wounded by the flames, the battle became known as the [[Field of Fire]]. King [[Mern IX Gardener]] of the Reach died in battle and King [[Loren I Lannister]] of the [[westerlands]] fled, giving the Targaryens the victory.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} According to legend, Visenya thanked the gods that Loren had ridden forth to face the Targaryens on the Field of Fire, when she saw [[Casterly Rock]], as she believed that [[dragonflame]] would not have been able to dishearten the Lannister king if he had remained inside the Rock.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Westerlands: Casterly Rock}}
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Visenya had taken an arrow in the shoulder during the Field of Fire, but soon recovered. Following the surrender of King Loren, the three Targaryen siblings parted ways once more, but met soon again at the banks of the [[Trident]], where they awaited the host of King [[Torrhen Stark]]. After Torrhen bent the knee, Visenya parted from her siblings and returned to the Vale, where [[House Arryn]] had strengthened their defenses. A strong host had been positioned at the [[Bloody Gate]], and the garrisons of [[Stone (waycastle)|Stone]], [[Snow (waycastle)|Snow]], and [[Sky]] had been tripled. However, Visenya bypassed these hosts by flying up to the [[Eyrie]] upon Vhagar's back. She landed in the courtyard, where she was met by the boy-king [[Ronnel Arryn (king)|Ronnel Arryn]]. Ronnel's regent and mother, Lady [[Sharra Arryn]], surrendered the Eyrie to Visenya.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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===First Dornish War===
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[[File:Visenya riding Vhagar.jpg|thumb|400px|right|Visenya riding [[Vhagar]] into battle.]]
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Visenya fought alongside her siblings in the [[First Dornish War]], which lasted from {{Date|4}} to {{Date|13}}. After Rhaenys died in [[Dorne]] in {{Date|10}}, Visenya and Aegon, grief-stricken at her death, set every castle, keep, and holdfast in Dorne ablaze at least once, with the exception of [[Sunspear]] and it's [[shadow city]]. They also placed bounties on the heads of the Dornish lords. Although half a dozen and more of those lords were killed by assassins, only two of the killers lived to collect their reward. In retaliation, the Dornish lords hired catspaws themselves.{{Ref|twoiaf| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}}{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I}} Visenya and her escort were once attacked in [[King's Landing]], and she cut down the last would-be assassin down herself with [[Dark Sister]].{{Ref|twoiaf| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}} At another occasion, in {{Date|10}}, Aegon and Visenya were attacked on the streets of King's Landing, where Visenya's actions saved Aegon's life. When Aegon argued that his guards were still sufficient for his protection, Visenya drew Dark Sister. Before the guards could react, she had cut Aegon's cheek, pointing out to him that his guards were slow and lazy. This event led to the birth of the [[Kingsguard]]. Visenya modeled the vows of the Kingsguard upon the vows of the [[Night's Watch]], and selected the first seven members herself.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I}}
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In {{Date|13}}, Princess [[Deria Martell]] arrived in King's Landing in {{Date|13}} with a delegation from Dorne to discuss a peace. With her, she brought the skull of Rhaenys's dragon, [[Meraxes]], which was ill-received by Visenya.{{Ref|twoiaf| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}} Deria and Aegon eventually reached an agreement, striking a peace which ended the war.{{Ref|twoiaf| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}}
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===Motherhood===
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The day-to-day governance of the realm was often left in the charge of Visenya and Rhaenys, and Aegon's councilors.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I}}
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Rhaenys's death in Dorne in {{Date|10}} shattered the health of her son [[Aenys I Targaryen|Aenys]], and people began to doubt as to whether he would live. As Visenya had not yet gotten pregnant by Aegon despite more than a decade of marriage, some had come to believe that she was barren, and even went as far as to suggest to Aegon that he should take a new wife. Although many young women were presented to Aegon, he refused to voice his opinion on the matter. In {{Date|11}}, Visenya announced she was pregnant with a son, and the next year, she gave birth to Aegon's second son, [[Maegor I Targaryen|Maegor]]{{Ref|tsotd}} on [[Dragonstone]].{{Ref|awoiaf| Maegor I Targaryen}} Visenya raised Maegor on Dragonstone, and gave him her [[Valyrian steel]] sword, [[Dark Sister]], as a [[nameday]] present when the boy turned thirteen.{{Ref|tsotd}}
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[[File:Visenya targaryen by daenerys mod-d4gxqj9.jpg|thumb|300px|Queen Visenya, by Elia Fernandez.]]
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In {{Date|23}}, Aenys's first child, Princess [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]], was born.{{Ref|tsotd}} Shortly after Maegor turned twelve, Visenya proposed a betrothal between her son Maegor and Rhaena, to settle the issue of the royal succession, as Rhaena's birth had sparked the discussion about who was next in line behind Aenys: his own daughter, or his brother.{{Ref|tsotd}} However, the [[High Septon (Aegon I)|High Septon]] protested, and suggested his own niece, Lady [[Ceryse Hightower]], as a bride for the young prince instead.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}}{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
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Visenya's relationship with Aegon, which had never been a warm one, grew more distant. When Aegon in {{Date|35}} had the [[Aegonfort]] torn down so they could start building the [[Red Keep]], Visenya was left in charge of the construction. In his histories, [[Archmaester]] [[Gyldayn]] states that it was suggested at court that Aegon had left Visenya at King's Landing so that he would not have to endure her presence on Dragonstone.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I}}
  
[[File:Visenya riding Vhagar.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Visenya Targaryen riding [[Vhagar]] into battle.Copyright HBO©]]
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===Reign of Aenys===
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When Aegon died, both Visenya and Maegor were present as his body was cremated and [[Aenys I Targaryen]] was crowned. Aenys gifted Maegor with [[Blackfyre]] saying he was more fit to wield it. Visenya Targaryen voiced the opinion that Aenys was unfit to rule, claiming that, by giving [[Blackfyre]] to [[Maegor I Targaryen|Maegor]], Aenys had admitted that he lacked the strength to rule.{{Ref|tsotd}}
  
She accompanied the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] fleet to [[Gulltown]] on her dragon. After the [[House Arryn|Arryn]] fleet defeated the Targaryen fleet in the [[battle of Gulltown]] she had Vhagar burn the Arryn fleet.
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In {{Date|39}}, Visenya's son Maegor shocked the realm by taking a second wife and married [[Alys Harroway]]. Visenya officiated the wedding for lack of a septon. The outrage that followed resulted in Maegor being sent into exile.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}} Visenya was present the next year at the wedding of Princess [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]] to Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon]]. At the feast that followed the ceremony, King Aenys named Aegon [[Prince of Dragonstone]], a title which had previously belonged to Maegor. Visenya left the feast in protest and returned to [[Dragonstone]] upon [[Vhagar]]. Singers claim that the moon turned red as they passed it.{{Ref|tsotd}}
 
 
After the death of [[Harren Hoare|Harren the Black]] at [[Harrenhal]], Visenya was sent by Aegon I to demand the submission of the lords of [[Crackclaw Point]]. The lords understood that they had no chance, so they laid their swords at her feet. Visenya took them as her own men and they would owe no fealty but to the [[Iron Throne]].<ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 20|Chapter 20]], Brienne</ref>
 
  
She along with her siblings [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaeneys]] and [[Aegon I|Aegon]] secured the victory on the [[Field of Fire]] when all three [[dragons]] were unleashed together for the first and only time in the war.
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When King Aenys abandoned King's Landing at the start of the [[Faith Militant uprising]] and fled to Dragonstone, Visenya counseled him to burn down the [[Starry Sept]] in [[Oldtown]] and the [[Sept of Remembrance]] in King's Landing. Aenys, incapable of making a firm decision, instead fell ill and chose not to heed her counsel. Visenya took over his care and for a time his health improved. Aenys suffered a collapse when he learned his son [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon]] and daughter [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]] were besieged in [[Crakehall]], and he died three days later.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}} As soon as Aenys was buried, Visenya then mounted [[Vhagar]] and flew to [[Pentos]] to retrieve her son Maegor from exile.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
  
After the field of Fire she was charged with subduing the Vale while Rhaenys was charged with conquering [[Dorne]].
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===Reign of Maegor===
[[House Arryn]] sent an army to the [[Bloody Gate]] but Visenya simply flew on her dragon [[Vhagar]] straight up to the courtyard of the [[Eyrie]] to obtain the surrender of the [[Vale]]. She succeeded and the Vale was taken bloodlessly.<ref>Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Bubonicon_Report/ So Spake Martin]</ref>
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With Visenya's aid, Maegor claimed the [[Iron Throne]]. Visenya accompanied him to King's Landing, where she challenged anyone who denied Maegor's right to rule, which resulted in a [[trial of seven]] between Maegor and the [[Warrior's Sons]]. Though severely injured, Maegor was the only survivor.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
  
===Later Life===
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In {{Date|42}}, Visenya flew to [[Driftmark]] upon Vhagar to convince Aenys's widow, Dowager Queen [[Alyssa Velaryon]], to leave her father's castle to where she had fled after her husband's death. At the royal court, it was said that Maegor's [[Hand of the King]] and council members enacted his will but did not have his ear - but instead, he was ruled by three queens: his mother Visenya, his paramour and second wife [[Alys Harroway]], and his new third bride, the Pentoshi spymaster [[Tyanna of the Tower]], a rumored sorceress. Visenya came to distrust Tyanna and a rivalry developed between them.{{ref|tsotd}}
She was the mother of [[Maegor I]] who would later be known as Maegor the Cruel.
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She is mainly remembered and respected as a strong, capable warrior, something few women are acknowledged as in [[Westeros]] history.
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In {{Date|43}} Visenya aided her son against those who refused his royal summons. Mounted upon her dragon [[Vhagar]], she burned the seats of several houses in the [[riverlands]], as once she had burned castles in Dorne: [[House Blanetree]], [[House Terrick|Terrick]], [[House Deddings|Deddings]], [[House Lychester|Lychester]], and [[House Wayn|Wayn]].<ref group="N">''[[The Sons of the Dragon]]'' states that Visenya burned the seats of Houses in the [[Reach]], before listing off all of these Houses, known from other sources to be in the riverlands. This one-word mention of the Reach is thus probably an error. It's corrected in ''[[Fire & Blood]]''.</ref> Next Visenya and Maegor turned towards [[Oldtown]], threatening to incinerate the [[Starry Sept]] in response to the [[High Septon (Aenys I)|High Septon]]'s condemnation of her sons [[polygamy|polygamous marriages]]. When the High Septon suddenly died, Lord [[Martyn Hightower]] opened the city's gates, saving Oldtown from the fire. Visenya watched as the [[High Septon (Pater)|new High Septon]] anointed her son as king.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Reach: Oldtown}}{{Ref|tsotd}}
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After Maegor's victory in the [[Battle Beneath the Gods Eye]], Visenya persuaded her son to spare the lives of several highborn rebels. After Prince Aegon's death, Visenya held Alyssa and her two youngest children, [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys]] and [[Alysanne Targaryen|Alysanne]], as her wards on Dragonstone.{{Ref|tsotd}}
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By {{Date|44}} - despite being healthy enough to ride her dragon to battle the year before - Visenya had grown thin and haggard, as the flesh had "melted" from her bones.{{Ref|tsotd}} Visenya died that same year while Maegor was on campaign. Upon her death, Alyssa and her two children slipped away from the castle in the confusion, taking Visenya's [[Valyrian steel]] sword [[Dark Sister]] with them.{{Ref|tsotd}}{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
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Visenya was cremated as per Targaryen [[custom]]. Her bones and ashes were interred beside those of her brother, King [[Aegon I Targaryen]].{{Ref|tsotd}}<ref group="N">''The Sons of the Dragon'' states that "''Her bones and ashes were interred beside those of her brother and sister.''" However, the body of her sister, [[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]], was never returned from [[Dorne]] after her death in {{Date|10}} (''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'', Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons), making this impossible. It's corrected in ''Fire & Blood''.</ref>
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After Visenya's death, it was suggested that she had caused Aenys's sudden death, causing some to call her a [[kinslayer]] and kingslayer.{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}}
  
 
==Family==
 
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==Quotes by Visenya==
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{{Quote|Your guards are slow and lazy.{{ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I}}|Visenya to her brother and husband, [[Aegon I Targaryen]], after cutting his cheek to prove a point}}
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Latest revision as of 12:13, 11 July 2019

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Visenya Targaryen
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Visenya by Amok©

Title Queen
Dowager Queen
Allegiance House Targaryen
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Born In 28 BC or 29 BC[1], at Dragonstone
Died In 44 AC, at Dragonstone
Spouse King Aegon I Targaryen
Issue Maegor I Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
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)

Queen Visenya Targaryen was the older sister and wife of King Aegon I Targaryen, the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. Her younger sister, Rhaenys, was married to Aegon as well. Visenya was a dragonrider, and rode the dragon Vhagar.

Appearance and Character

Like her siblings, Visenya possessed the classical Valyrian features: long, silver-gold hair, which she often braided or bound up in rings, and purple eyes.[2][3] Hers was a harsher, more austere beauty than her sister, Rhaenys.[3] A voluptuous, sensual, and passionate woman, Visenya was also stern, serious, and unforgiving.[3][2] Some claimed that Visenya dabbled in dark sorceries and played with poisons.[3]

Visenya was both a dragonrider and a warrior, comfortable in both silk and in ringmail.[3] When garbed as a warrior, she always wielded the Valyrian steel longsword Dark Sister.[2]

History

Early life

Born on the island Dragonstone,[4] Visenya was the eldest child of Lord Aerion Targaryen and Lady Valaena Velaryon. Her two younger siblings, Aegon and Rhaenys, were born within a few years following her birth.[2] Since young age, Visenya trained together with Aegon at arms, and she became a skilled warrior.[3]

As expected, Visenya was wed to her brother Aegon following Valyrian custom. However, Aegon took their younger sister as a wife as well. People claimed that he had wed Visenya out of duty, and Rhaenys out of desire. Prior to her wedding, Visenya became a dragonrider, having bonded with the dragon Vhagar.[3]

In her youth Visenya was reported to have visited the Citadel of Oldtown and Lord Redwyne of the Arbor together with her brother Aegon.[3]

The Conquest

Visenya (left) with her brother Aegon I and younger sister Rhaenys.

When her brother Aegon began his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, Visenya sailed with him from Dragonstone. Visenya subdued House Stokeworth and, following the defeat of House Darklyn in battle against Aegon and his bastard half-brother Orys Baratheon, did not hesitate to claim the riches of Duskendale, greatly swelling the coffers of House Targaryen. After having conquered a dozen houses, Aegon was crowned king. Visenya, now queen, placed a Valyrian steel circlet on Aegon's head while their sister Rhaenys hailed him as the new king of Westeros. Following the coronation, Visenya accompanied the Targaryen fleet to Gulltown and the Vale. When the Arryn fleet sunk a third of the Targaryen ships and captured many more, Visenya descended from the sky upon Vhagar, burning their ships.[3]

Next, Visenya was sent to Crackclaw Point by Aegon. The local lords had learned of the faith that had befallen Harren Hoare at Harrenhal, and submitted quickly, swearing oaths of fealty. Visenya took them as her own men, and from that day forth the lord owed their loyalty directly to the Iron Throne.[3][5]

Visenya met Rhaenys, Aegon, and the Targaryen host at the Stoney Sept, from where they raced south. There, they met the combined hosts of the Reach and the westerlands in battle. Visenya and her siblings fought from dragonback, setting the dry grasses and stands of wheat on the battlefield afire. With more than four thousand men dead from the fire, and tens of thousands wounded by the flames, the battle became known as the Field of Fire. King Mern IX Gardener of the Reach died in battle and King Loren I Lannister of the westerlands fled, giving the Targaryens the victory.[3] According to legend, Visenya thanked the gods that Loren had ridden forth to face the Targaryens on the Field of Fire, when she saw Casterly Rock, as she believed that dragonflame would not have been able to dishearten the Lannister king if he had remained inside the Rock.[6]

Visenya had taken an arrow in the shoulder during the Field of Fire, but soon recovered. Following the surrender of King Loren, the three Targaryen siblings parted ways once more, but met soon again at the banks of the Trident, where they awaited the host of King Torrhen Stark. After Torrhen bent the knee, Visenya parted from her siblings and returned to the Vale, where House Arryn had strengthened their defenses. A strong host had been positioned at the Bloody Gate, and the garrisons of Stone, Snow, and Sky had been tripled. However, Visenya bypassed these hosts by flying up to the Eyrie upon Vhagar's back. She landed in the courtyard, where she was met by the boy-king Ronnel Arryn. Ronnel's regent and mother, Lady Sharra Arryn, surrendered the Eyrie to Visenya.[3]

First Dornish War

Visenya riding Vhagar into battle.

Visenya fought alongside her siblings in the First Dornish War, which lasted from 4 AC to 13 AC. After Rhaenys died in Dorne in 10 AC, Visenya and Aegon, grief-stricken at her death, set every castle, keep, and holdfast in Dorne ablaze at least once, with the exception of Sunspear and it's shadow city. They also placed bounties on the heads of the Dornish lords. Although half a dozen and more of those lords were killed by assassins, only two of the killers lived to collect their reward. In retaliation, the Dornish lords hired catspaws themselves.[7][8] Visenya and her escort were once attacked in King's Landing, and she cut down the last would-be assassin down herself with Dark Sister.[7] At another occasion, in 10 AC, Aegon and Visenya were attacked on the streets of King's Landing, where Visenya's actions saved Aegon's life. When Aegon argued that his guards were still sufficient for his protection, Visenya drew Dark Sister. Before the guards could react, she had cut Aegon's cheek, pointing out to him that his guards were slow and lazy. This event led to the birth of the Kingsguard. Visenya modeled the vows of the Kingsguard upon the vows of the Night's Watch, and selected the first seven members herself.[8]

In 13 AC, Princess Deria Martell arrived in King's Landing in 13 AC with a delegation from Dorne to discuss a peace. With her, she brought the skull of Rhaenys's dragon, Meraxes, which was ill-received by Visenya.[7] Deria and Aegon eventually reached an agreement, striking a peace which ended the war.[7]

Motherhood

The day-to-day governance of the realm was often left in the charge of Visenya and Rhaenys, and Aegon's councilors.[8]

Rhaenys's death in Dorne in 10 AC shattered the health of her son Aenys, and people began to doubt as to whether he would live. As Visenya had not yet gotten pregnant by Aegon despite more than a decade of marriage, some had come to believe that she was barren, and even went as far as to suggest to Aegon that he should take a new wife. Although many young women were presented to Aegon, he refused to voice his opinion on the matter. In 11 AC, Visenya announced she was pregnant with a son, and the next year, she gave birth to Aegon's second son, Maegor[9] on Dragonstone.[10] Visenya raised Maegor on Dragonstone, and gave him her Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, as a nameday present when the boy turned thirteen.[9]

Queen Visenya, by Elia Fernandez.

In 23 AC, Aenys's first child, Princess Rhaena, was born.[9] Shortly after Maegor turned twelve, Visenya proposed a betrothal between her son Maegor and Rhaena, to settle the issue of the royal succession, as Rhaena's birth had sparked the discussion about who was next in line behind Aenys: his own daughter, or his brother.[9] However, the High Septon protested, and suggested his own niece, Lady Ceryse Hightower, as a bride for the young prince instead.[11][12]

Visenya's relationship with Aegon, which had never been a warm one, grew more distant. When Aegon in 35 AC had the Aegonfort torn down so they could start building the Red Keep, Visenya was left in charge of the construction. In his histories, Archmaester Gyldayn states that it was suggested at court that Aegon had left Visenya at King's Landing so that he would not have to endure her presence on Dragonstone.[8]

Reign of Aenys

When Aegon died, both Visenya and Maegor were present as his body was cremated and Aenys I Targaryen was crowned. Aenys gifted Maegor with Blackfyre saying he was more fit to wield it. Visenya Targaryen voiced the opinion that Aenys was unfit to rule, claiming that, by giving Blackfyre to Maegor, Aenys had admitted that he lacked the strength to rule.[9]

In 39 AC, Visenya's son Maegor shocked the realm by taking a second wife and married Alys Harroway. Visenya officiated the wedding for lack of a septon. The outrage that followed resulted in Maegor being sent into exile.[11] Visenya was present the next year at the wedding of Princess Rhaena to Prince Aegon. At the feast that followed the ceremony, King Aenys named Aegon Prince of Dragonstone, a title which had previously belonged to Maegor. Visenya left the feast in protest and returned to Dragonstone upon Vhagar. Singers claim that the moon turned red as they passed it.[9]

When King Aenys abandoned King's Landing at the start of the Faith Militant uprising and fled to Dragonstone, Visenya counseled him to burn down the Starry Sept in Oldtown and the Sept of Remembrance in King's Landing. Aenys, incapable of making a firm decision, instead fell ill and chose not to heed her counsel. Visenya took over his care and for a time his health improved. Aenys suffered a collapse when he learned his son Aegon and daughter Rhaena were besieged in Crakehall, and he died three days later.[11] As soon as Aenys was buried, Visenya then mounted Vhagar and flew to Pentos to retrieve her son Maegor from exile.[12]

Reign of Maegor

With Visenya's aid, Maegor claimed the Iron Throne. Visenya accompanied him to King's Landing, where she challenged anyone who denied Maegor's right to rule, which resulted in a trial of seven between Maegor and the Warrior's Sons. Though severely injured, Maegor was the only survivor.[12]

In 42 AC, Visenya flew to Driftmark upon Vhagar to convince Aenys's widow, Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon, to leave her father's castle to where she had fled after her husband's death. At the royal court, it was said that Maegor's Hand of the King and council members enacted his will but did not have his ear - but instead, he was ruled by three queens: his mother Visenya, his paramour and second wife Alys Harroway, and his new third bride, the Pentoshi spymaster Tyanna of the Tower, a rumored sorceress. Visenya came to distrust Tyanna and a rivalry developed between them.[9]

In 43 AC Visenya aided her son against those who refused his royal summons. Mounted upon her dragon Vhagar, she burned the seats of several houses in the riverlands, as once she had burned castles in Dorne: House Blanetree, Terrick, Deddings, Lychester, and Wayn.[N 1] Next Visenya and Maegor turned towards Oldtown, threatening to incinerate the Starry Sept in response to the High Septon's condemnation of her sons polygamous marriages. When the High Septon suddenly died, Lord Martyn Hightower opened the city's gates, saving Oldtown from the fire. Visenya watched as the new High Septon anointed her son as king.[13][9]

After Maegor's victory in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye, Visenya persuaded her son to spare the lives of several highborn rebels. After Prince Aegon's death, Visenya held Alyssa and her two youngest children, Jaehaerys and Alysanne, as her wards on Dragonstone.[9]

By 44 AC - despite being healthy enough to ride her dragon to battle the year before - Visenya had grown thin and haggard, as the flesh had "melted" from her bones.[9] Visenya died that same year while Maegor was on campaign. Upon her death, Alyssa and her two children slipped away from the castle in the confusion, taking Visenya's Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister with them.[9][12]

Visenya was cremated as per Targaryen custom. Her bones and ashes were interred beside those of her brother, King Aegon I Targaryen.[9][N 2]

After Visenya's death, it was suggested that she had caused Aenys's sudden death, causing some to call her a kinslayer and kingslayer.[11]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valaena
Velaryon
 
Aerion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visenya
 
Aegon I
 
Rhaenys
 
 
Orys
Baratheon
 
Argella
Durrandon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ceryse
Hightower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aenys I
 
Alyssa
Velaryon
 
 
House
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elinor
Costayne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alys
Harroway
 
 
Maegor I
 
Rhaena
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Jaehaerys I
 
Alysanne
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tyanna of
the Tower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaella
 
Aerea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Quotes by Visenya

Your guards are slow and lazy.[8]

—Visenya to her brother and husband, Aegon I Targaryen, after cutting his cheek to prove a point

Notes

  1. The Sons of the Dragon states that Visenya burned the seats of Houses in the Reach, before listing off all of these Houses, known from other sources to be in the riverlands. This one-word mention of the Reach is thus probably an error. It's corrected in Fire & Blood.
  2. The Sons of the Dragon states that "Her bones and ashes were interred beside those of her brother and sister." However, the body of her sister, Rhaenys, was never returned from Dorne after her death in 10 AC (The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons), making this impossible. It's corrected in Fire & Blood.

References

  1. See the Visenya Targaryen calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 So Spake Martin: More Targaryen Descriptions
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  4. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Visenya Targaryen.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: Casterly Rock.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 The Sons of the Dragon.
  10. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Maegor I Targaryen.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Oldtown.