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"Eventually, after centuries of courtship, House Martell got into bed with the Targaryens. We took King Daeron II and his sister for our own, before they could take each other, and six kingdoms became seven. Even now, I do not blame my ancestors. One look at those long, silver locks. It is not every day a man gets to ride a dragon."
Oberyn Martell[src]

Princess Daenerys Targaryen was a princess of the Targaryen dynasty and the namesake of the later Queen Daenerys I.

Biography

Background

Daenerys was the daughter of King Aegon IV and his sister-wife Naerys Targaryen. She was born in the year 182 AC.[1] The sister of King Daeron II, she also had numerous bastard half-brothers: Daemon I Blackfyre, Aegor Rivers, Brynden Rivers, and Shiera Seastar included.

At 17 years old, Daenerys married the Prince of Dorne, Maron of House Martell at Dragonstone.[1] Their marriage helped solve the long question of Dornish independence by allowing for their unification into the realm. Through her brother King Daeron II, Daenerys was the aunt of Kings Aerys I and Maekar, and thus the great-aunt of both King Aegon V the Unlikely and Aegon's brother, Maester Aemon of the Night's Watch.

Daenerys died in childbirth three years later, at the age of 20. The child was stillborn.[1] Maron and Daenerys had at least one child who survived beyond infancy, a crippled son who at one point was given a wheelchair as a present by Daenerys's brother Daeron II.[2]

Season 1

Daenerys, along with her family, is mentioned in the House Targaryen entry of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.[1]

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daemon I
Blackfyre
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Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daeron II
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Myriah
Martell

Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Maron
Martell

Deceased
 
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Daenerys
Targaryen

Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Founding
of House
Blackfyre
 
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Baelor
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Aerys I
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Aelinor
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Rhaegel
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Maekar I
Targaryen
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Deceased
 
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Dyanna
Dayne

Deceased
 
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Descendants
of House
Martell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Aerion
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Aemon
Targaryen
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Deceased
 
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Aegon V
Targaryen

Deceased

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Princess Daenerys was born well after her older brother, Daeron II, to the point that Daeron had already married and had a son, Baelor Breakspear. Her betrothal to the Prince of Dorne, Maron Martell, was brokered by her brother Daeron as part of the treaty bringing Dorne under the authority of the Iron Throne. Daenerys supposedly loved her bastard half-brother, Daemon I Blackfyre. It was said the main reason Daemon rose in rebellion against Daeron was that Daenerys was denied to him. A year after the rebellion concluded, in 197 AC, the marriage between Daenerys and Maron was carried out and Dorne formally joined to the rest of the Seven Kingdoms.

After Daemon's death, Prince Maron built his new bride the Water Gardens, a place of beauty made of colored marble with pools and trees. Her children played in the pools along with the children of other highborn lords. One day when the sun was particularly hot, she took pity on the children of the servants and guards and allowed them to play in the pools with the highborn children, starting a tradition that is still practiced in Dorne to this day.

While her brother's descendant Daenerys Stormborn is the third member of the Targaryen family to be named "Daenerys", Daenerys Stormborn is not called "Daenerys III", because "Daenerys, daughter of Aegon IV" and the first Daenerys (a daughter of Jaehaerys I Targaryen, according to Fire & Blood) never ruled as queens. In fact, there has never been a ruling Targaryen queen before. When Daenerys Stormborn proclaims herself the rightful heir of the Targaryen dynasty (after her brother dies), she is officially styled as "Daenerys of House Targaryen, First of Her Name". This has been confirmed to be the same in the TV series continuity, as Xaro refers to her as "Daenerys, First of Her Name" in Season 2's episode "The Ghost of Harrenhal", and this is also how she is formally introduced throughout the following seasons.

See also

References

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