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"My father was Maekar, the First of his Name. My brother Aegon reigned after him, when I had refused the throne, and he was followed by his son Aerys, whom they called the Mad King."
―Maester Aemon[src]

King Maekar I Targaryen was the fourteenth king of the Targaryen dynasty to sit on the Iron Throne. He was formally styled as Maekar of the House Targaryen, the First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm. Maekar's personal sigil was the normal Targaryen sigil, quartered, so that it repeated four times.[1]

Biography

Background

Maekar was the fourth son and fifth child of King Daeron II Targaryen and Queen Myriah Martell. His siblings were Baelor, Aerys I, Aelinor, and Rhaegel.

He wed Dyanna of House Dayne with whom he had three sons: Aerion, who ultimately killed himself by drinking wildfire; Aemon, who would become a Maester at Castle Black and a member of the Night's Watch; and Aegon V Targaryen, who would succeed him to the Iron Throne.[2]

Although he was the fourth son, a rather grim chain of events ultimately led to his ascension to the Iron Throne. First, he accidentally killed his oldest brother Baelor in the Trial by Seven of Duncan the Tall, which was ironically provoked by his eldest son Aerion.[3][1] This led to the ascension of the second son, Aerys I, who died without issue. The third son, Rhaegel, either predeceased both Aerys and Maekar or was skipped over because he had succumbed to the "Targaryen madness" that has afflicted many members of House Targaryen due to multiple generations of compound inbreeding, hence the throne passed to Maekar instead.

Season 1

When revealing his true identity and origins to Jon Snow, Maester Aemon mentions the name of his father.[2]

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In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Maekar Targaryen is the fourteenth Targaryen to sit the Iron Throne. He was the fourth son of King Daeron II and Myriah Martell. As the son of Daeron II, he was also the grandson of King Aegon IV Targaryen. Maekar was given the Targaryen seat of Summerhall, and was a capable army commander who served in the Blackfyre Rebellion. After a number of unexpected deaths in the royal family, he came to the throne in 221AL. He ruled until 233AL, when he fell in battle against a rebel lord.

He was the father of Daeron, Aerion, Aemon, Aegon, Rhae, and Daella.

Maekar appears as a major character in the Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel novellas.

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References

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Seat: Dragonstone Lands: Dragonstone
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:Aenar · Daenys · Aegon I, the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Aenys I · Maegor I, the Cruel · Rhaena · Aegon · Jaehaerys I, the Concilliator · Alysanne Targaryen · Viserys I · Rhaenys · Daemon · Aemma Arryn · Rhaenyra · Alicent Hightower · Aegon II, the Usurper · Helaena Targaryen · Aemond · Aegon III · Viserys II Targaryen · Jaehaera · Jaehaerys · Maelor · Daeron I, the Young Dragon · Baelor I, the Blessed · Aegon IV, the Unworthy · Naerys · Aemon the Dragonknight · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron II, the Good · Daenerys of Sunspear · Myriah Martell · Daemon Blackfyre · Brynden Rivers · Aegor Rivers · Shiera Seastar · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Dyanna Dayne · Aerion Brightflame · Aegon V, the Unlikely · Duncan the Small · Daeron
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Lyanna Stark · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego · Aemon Targaryen · Daenerys Targaryen
Household:{Ser Jorah Mormont} · Tyrion Lannister · {Ser Barristan Selmy} · {Rakharo} · Kovarro · Aggo · {Qhono} · {Irri} · {Doreah} · Jhiqui · Malakho · {Missandei} · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis · {Mossador}