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"Prince Aemon, the Dragonknight, may be the most famous Kingsguard who ever lived. How did he die? Defending Aegon the Unworthy from the brothers of a man whom Aegon fed to his dogs. The man's crime? Sleeping with one of the many mistresses Aegon wasn't using. And the man was one of Aegon's own Kingsguard."
Bronn[src]

Prince Aemon Targaryen was a prince of the Targaryen dynasty and a son of Viserys II Targaryen. He is the namesake and great granduncle of Maester Aemon.

Biography

Background

Prince Aemon was called "the Dragonknight" on account of his heritage. He was raised to the Kingsguard at age 17 and eventually became Lord Commander. According to tradition, he was once saved from a snake pit by his cousin Baelor I Targaryen, whom the snakes refused to bite. He fought and barely defeated Lord Cregan Stark. He also wielded Dark Sister, the Valyrian steel sword of Visenya Targaryen.[2]

Season 1

Aemon the Dragonknight (erroneously identified as "Aemon Blackfyre, called the Dragonknight") is mentioned in the House Targaryen entry of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.[1]

Season 4

Aemon the Dragonknight's deeds are recorded in The Book of Brothers.[2]

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Aegon III
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Unknown
queen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
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Viserys II
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Visenya
Targaryen

Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daeron I
Targaryen

"Daeron the
Young Dragon"
Deceased

 
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Baelor I
Targaryen

"Baelor the
Blessed"
Deceased
 
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Elaena
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Rhaena
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Daena
Targaryen

"Daena the
Defiant"
Deceased
 
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Aegon IV
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Naerys
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Aemon
Targaryen
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"the
Dragonknight"
Deceased

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daemon I
Blackfyre
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Deceased




 
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3 other Great
Bastards
of Aegon
IV by different
women:
Bloodraven, Bittersteel,
and Shiera
Deceased
 
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Daeron II
Targaryen

Deceased





 
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Daenerys
Targaryen

Deceased





In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Aemon was knighted young and joined the Kingsguard at the age of seventeen. He served under five kings: His uncle Aegon III Targaryen, his cousins Daeron the Young Dragon and Baelor the Blessed, his father Viserys II, and his brother Aegon the Unworthy. Aemon has been referred to as the noblest and greatest knight that ever lived and his skills with a sword were legendary throughout Westeros.

Aemon took part in the conquest of Dorne, led by his cousin and king, Daeron I. Aemon won great fame by defeating a Dornish champion, and was present several years later after a rebellion in Dorne undid Daeron's conquest, and in which Daeron himself was killed. Aemon was taken captive by the Dornish, stripped naked, and put in a cage placed above a pit filled with vipers. He was eventually saved by his cousin and new king, Baelor I.

Songs speak of his doomed love for his brother's queen, his own sister, Naerys. He supposedly cried when Naerys married their brother. After his brother Aegon became king, rumors started to spread that Aemon was the actual father of Aegon's son and heir, Prince Daeron. He defended his sister when she was accused of treason by the knight Ser Morgil.

Aemon once fought Cregan Stark. Prince Aemon claimed he had never faced a finer swordsman.

Aemon once won a tourney, disguised as a mystery knight, after his brother had forbidden him from participating because he wanted to name his mistress at the time the Queen of Love and Beauty. Aemon took part secretly under the disguise of The Knight of Tears, and was thus able to crown his sister Naerys the Queen of Love and Beauty, in place of the king's mistress.

Despite the difficult relationship between Aemon and his brother, Aemon died honorably defending his brother and king from the brothers of Ser Terrence Toyne, who wanted to assassinate Aegon IV in revenge for him executing Terrence for sleeping with his mistress. Aegon disrespected Aemon's memory after his death, having the gall to suggest that his son Daeron was Aemon's illegitimate son (a rumor that had been apparent for a very long time beforehand).

Maester Aemon states that he was explicitly named after Aemon the Dragonknight, the uncle of his grandfather Daeron II - though Maester Aemon notes there are those who said that the Dragonknight was actually Daeron II's own father, depending on which tale you believe.

See also

References

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