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::''For his great-nephew, see "[[Aerys II Targaryen]]", the Mad King.''
 
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| Place = [[Red Keep]], [[King's Landing]]
 
| Titles = [[King of the Andals and the First Men]]<br>[[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]]<br>[[Protector of the Realm]]
 
| Titles = [[King of the Andals and the First Men]]<br>[[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]]<br>[[Protector of the Realm]]
 
| Aka = Aerys of the House Targaryen, the First of His Name
 
| Aka = Aerys of the House Targaryen, the First of His Name
 
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| Family =[[Daeron II Targaryen]] (father)<br>[[Myriah Martell]] (mother)<br>[[Aelinor Targaryen]] (sister-wife)<br>[[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor Targaryen]] (brother)<br>[[Rhaegel Targaryen]] (brother)<br>[[Maekar I Targaryen]] (brother)<br>[[Aegon IV Targaryen]] (grandfather)<br>[[Naerys Targaryen]] (grandmother)<br>[[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys Targaryen]] (aunt)
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'''Aerys I Targaryen''' is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones (TV series)|Game of Thrones]]''. He is not expected to appear in the series, being long dead by the time it begins.
 
'''Aerys I Targaryen''' is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones (TV series)|Game of Thrones]]''. He is not expected to appear in the series, being long dead by the time it begins.
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===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
 
Aerys, along with his brothers and sister, is mentioned in [[House Targaryen]]'s entry of the book ''[[The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms]]''.<ref>"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref>
 
Aerys, along with his brothers and sister, is mentioned in [[House Targaryen]]'s entry of the book ''[[The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms]]''.<ref>"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref>
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==Family tree==
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{{House Targaryen family tree Blackfyre Rebellion era}}
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Aerys I Targaryen is described as bookish. He was spindly and stooped, with long, straight hair. He had a long, thin face, a long, thin mustache and a long pointed beard. He inherits the Iron Throne after the Great Spring Sickness takes not only his father Daeron, but also his nephews Valarr and Matarys, the sons of his elder brother, Prince Baelor "Breakspear", who had perished defending [[Duncan the Tall]] in a Trial of Seven - a particular form of trial by combat.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Aerys I Targaryen is described as bookish. He was spindly and stooped, with long, straight hair. He had a long, thin face, a long, thin mustache and a long pointed beard. He inherited the Iron Throne after the Great Spring Sickness took not only his father Daeron, but also his nephews Valarr and Matarys, the sons of his elder brother, Prince Baelor "Breakspear", who had perished earlier defending [[Duncan the Tall]] in a Trial of Seven - a particular form of trial by combat.
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Aerys appointed his uncle Brynden Rivers as [[Hand of the King]] and left the governance of the realm to him, while he occupied himself with the study of books and lore. He also shunned the bed of his sister-wife Aelinor. During this time, no one great disaster befell the realm, but it was beset by numerous minor problems which were allowed to flourish all at once due to Aerys I's inept reign. Following the great plague which killed Aerys I's father, the realm suffered a great drought, leading to famine even in breadbasket regions such as the Reach. This instability led to a great proliferation of broken men and highway robbers, and the roads were not considered safe to travel. Meanwhile, the pretenders of [[House Blackfyre]] who had fled across the Narrow Sea remained an ongoing threat. There were as many as five Blackfyre Rebellions in all, the first and greatest of which occurred during the reign of Aerys I's father. Even so, the surviving Blackfyres were continually plotting new intrigues and rebellions to take the throne back, leading to the short-lived Second Blackfyre Rebellion which occurred three years into Aerys I's reign. In addition, the Lord of the Iron Islands, Dagon Greyjoy, took advantage of the chaos of the spring sickness and the Iron Throne's preoccupation with the Blackfyre rebels under Bittersteel, and raided [[Fair Isle]], [[the Arbor]], and even [[the North]]. Other localized rebellions of opportunity popped up throughout the kingdoms trying to take advantage of the general instability, including a revolt by the island of [[Skagos]] against Winterfell, and an attempt by the wildlings to invade south of [[the Wall]] by a new [[King-Beyond-the-Wall]]. Aerys I is overall remembered as a weak, absentee-king whose time on the throne was marked by plague, famine, Blackfyre intrigues from the Free Cities, ironborn raiding, wildling invasions, and other localized rebellions.
   
Aerys appointed his uncle Brynden Rivers as [[Hand of the King]] and left the governance of the realm to him, while he occupied himself with the study of books and lore. He also shunned the bed of his sister-wife Aelinor. During this time, no one great disaster befell the realm, but it was beset by numerous minor problems which were allowed to flourish all at once due to Aerys I's inept reign. Following the great plague which killed Aerys I's father, the realm suffered a great drought, leading to famine even in breadbasket regions such as the Reach. This instability led to a great proliferation of broken men and highway robbers, and the roads were not considered safe to travel. Meanwhile, the pretenders of [[House Blackfyre]] who had fled across the Narrow Sea remained an ongoing threat. There were as many as five Blackfyre Rebellions in all, the first and greatest being the first, which occurred during the reign of Aerys I's father. Even so, the surviving Blackfyres were continually plotting new intrigues and rebellions to take the throne back, leading to the short-lived Second Blackfyre Rebellion which occurred three years into Aerys I's reign. In addition, the Lord of the Iron Islands, Dagon Greyjoy, took advantage of the chaos of the spring sickness and the Iron Throne's preoccupation with the Blackfyre rebels under Bittersteel, and raided [[Fair Isle]], [[the Arbor]], and even [[the North]]. Other localized rebellions of opportunity popped up throughout the kingdoms trying to take advantage of the general instability, including a revolt by the island of [[Skagos]] against Winterfell, and an attempt by the wildlings to invade south of [[the Wall]] by a new [[King-Beyond-the-Wall]]. Aerys I is overall remembered as a weak, absentee-king whose time on the throne was marked by plague, famine, Blackfyre intrigues from the Free Cities, ironborn raiding, wildling invasions, and other localized rebellions.
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After Aerys's death, his brother Maekar inherited the throne, as Aerys had no heir, and their brother Rhaegel was insane.
   
After Aerys' death, his brother Maekar inherited the throne, as Aerys had no heir, and their brother Rhaegel was considered crazy.
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Aerys I is king during much of the timeframe of the ''[[Tales of Dunk and Egg]]'' prequel novellas, which begin 90 years before the War of the Five Kings and follow the adventures of Ser [[Duncan the Tall]] and [[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon "Egg" Targaryen]]. Aerys's father Daeron II died between the first and second prequel novellas, after which Aerys ascended the throne, and the second novella shows the deteriorating conditions during Aerys I's inept reign (with widespread plague, drought, and bandits). Aerys I might appear in any potential live-action adaptation of the prequel novellas.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Aerys_I_Targaryen Aerys I Targaryen at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (spoilers from the books)
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* {{AWOIAF}} (spoilers from the books)
   
 
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For his great-nephew, see "Aerys II Targaryen", the Mad King.
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Aerys I Targaryen is an unseen character in Game of Thrones. He is not expected to appear in the series, being long dead by the time it begins.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Aerys Targaryen was the first of his name to sit the Iron Throne and the thirteenth King of the Targaryen dynasty. He was the son of King Daeron the Good and Queen Myriah and succeeded his father after he perished in the Great Spring Sickness. Per the Targaryen tradition, he took his own sister Aelinor as his wife. His other brothers were Baelor, Rhaegel, and Maekar, who would succeed him on the Iron Throne

Season 1Edit

Aerys, along with his brothers and sister, is mentioned in House Targaryen's entry of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.[1]

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daemon Blackfyre
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"Daeron the Good"
Deceased
 
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Myriah Martell
Younger sister of Maron Martell
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"Daenerys of Sunspear"
Deceased
 
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Maron Martell
Older brother of Myriah Martell
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"Aerion Brightflame"
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"Maester Aemon"
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Aegon V Targaryen
"Aegon the Unlikely"
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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Aerys I Targaryen is described as bookish. He was spindly and stooped, with long, straight hair. He had a long, thin face, a long, thin mustache and a long pointed beard. He inherited the Iron Throne after the Great Spring Sickness took not only his father Daeron, but also his nephews Valarr and Matarys, the sons of his elder brother, Prince Baelor "Breakspear", who had perished earlier defending Duncan the Tall in a Trial of Seven - a particular form of trial by combat.

Aerys appointed his uncle Brynden Rivers as Hand of the King and left the governance of the realm to him, while he occupied himself with the study of books and lore. He also shunned the bed of his sister-wife Aelinor. During this time, no one great disaster befell the realm, but it was beset by numerous minor problems which were allowed to flourish all at once due to Aerys I's inept reign. Following the great plague which killed Aerys I's father, the realm suffered a great drought, leading to famine even in breadbasket regions such as the Reach. This instability led to a great proliferation of broken men and highway robbers, and the roads were not considered safe to travel. Meanwhile, the pretenders of House Blackfyre who had fled across the Narrow Sea remained an ongoing threat. There were as many as five Blackfyre Rebellions in all, the first and greatest of which occurred during the reign of Aerys I's father. Even so, the surviving Blackfyres were continually plotting new intrigues and rebellions to take the throne back, leading to the short-lived Second Blackfyre Rebellion which occurred three years into Aerys I's reign. In addition, the Lord of the Iron Islands, Dagon Greyjoy, took advantage of the chaos of the spring sickness and the Iron Throne's preoccupation with the Blackfyre rebels under Bittersteel, and raided Fair Isle, the Arbor, and even the North. Other localized rebellions of opportunity popped up throughout the kingdoms trying to take advantage of the general instability, including a revolt by the island of Skagos against Winterfell, and an attempt by the wildlings to invade south of the Wall by a new King-Beyond-the-Wall. Aerys I is overall remembered as a weak, absentee-king whose time on the throne was marked by plague, famine, Blackfyre intrigues from the Free Cities, ironborn raiding, wildling invasions, and other localized rebellions.

After Aerys's death, his brother Maekar inherited the throne, as Aerys had no heir, and their brother Rhaegel was insane.

Aerys I is king during much of the timeframe of the Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel novellas, which begin 90 years before the War of the Five Kings and follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon "Egg" Targaryen. Aerys's father Daeron II died between the first and second prequel novellas, after which Aerys ascended the throne, and the second novella shows the deteriorating conditions during Aerys I's inept reign (with widespread plague, drought, and bandits). Aerys I might appear in any potential live-action adaptation of the prequel novellas.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Title(s): Queen of Meereen · Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea · Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant) · Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant) · Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Ancestors:Aegon I, the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Aenys I · Maegor I, the Cruel · Jaehaerys, the Concilliator · Viserys I · Rhaenyra · Aegon II · Aegon III · Daeron I, the Young Dragon · Baelor the Blessed · Viserys II · Aegon IV, the Unworthy · Naerys · Aemon the Dragonknight · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron II, the Good · Daenerys Martell · Myriah Martell · Daemon Blackfyre · Brynden Rivers · Aegor Rivers · Shiera Seastar · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Aerion Brightflame · Aegon V, the Unlikely · Duncan the Small
Current members:Aemon Targaryen
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego
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