The World of Ice and Fire - King Aenys I upon the Iron Throne.
But though his father and brother, Maegor (who was Visenya’s child), were both warriors born, Aenys was made of different stuff. He had begun life as a weak and sickly infant and remained so throughout his earliest years. Rumors abounded that this could be no true son of Aegon the Conqueror, who had been a warrior without peer. In fact, it was well-known that Queen Rhaenys delighted in handsome singers and witty mummers; perhaps one of these might have fathered the child. But the rumors dampened and eventually died when the sickly child was given a young hatchling who was named Quicksilver. And as the dragon grew, so too did Aenys.
The death of the Dowager Queen Visenya in 44 AC was a notable event although Maegor seemed to take it in his stride. She had been his greatest ally and supporter from birth, seeking his advancement over his elder brother Aenys, and doing what she could to secure his legacy. In the confusion after her death, Aenys’s widow, Queen Alyssa, slipped away from Dragonstone with her children, as well as with Dark Sister, Visenya’s Valyrian steel sword. Alyssa and Aenys’s next eldest son after Aegon, Prince Viserys, had been kept at the Red Keep as the king’s squire, however, and he suffered for her flight. He died after nine days of questioning at the hands of Tyanna of the Tower. The king left his body in the castle courtyard, like so much offal, for a fortnight, hoping that word of it would force Queen Alyssa to claim her son’s body, but she did not return. Viserys was fifteen at his death.
The Unsung Queens: Alyssa Velaryon and Rhaena Targaryen
This is an essay that I never wrote for the Ladies of Fire series, and in retrospect I don’t know why. Alyssa and Rhaena are two women I’ve only lately (relatively speaking) come to see as keystones of the Targaryen dynasty. I firmly hold that, had Alyssa not carefully managed Jaehaerys’ flight to safety and earliest reign and had Rhaena not stolen away from Maegor and acclaimed Jaehaerys king, the Targaryen royal dream would have collapsed only a generation after it started. The country was in shambles, with Maegor locked in bloody combat against the Faith and anyone who stood in his way; further infighting in the royal House might have convinced the lords of Westeros that they had been far better off in their petty kingdoms, that the Aegon Doctrine was a bad bargain with mad and heretical dragonriding aliens. Thanks to Alyssa and Rhaena, however, the Targaryens didn’t collapse; unified against Maegor, mother and daughter preserved the royal line for its greatest king. Brave, intelligent, and strong despite the terrible decisions they had to make, Alyssa and Rhaena really are the unsung queens of House Targaryen.
Alysanne Targaryen, known as Good Queen Alysanne, was the daughter of Aenys I and wife of her brother Jaehaerys I the Conciliator. Alysanne was slim of waist and small of breast, with a long neck, a fair complexion and a high forehead. She was tall and straight, unbowed by time. She had clear, blue eyes and high cheekbones. In old age her hair turned white as snow. She wore it in a bun, pulled back and pinned behind her ears. Age left crow’s feet around her eyes and laugh lines about her mouth, but her face never lost its strength. Like her brother-husband she lived a long life. In her youth Alysanne was a fine archer and hunter, and loved to fly atop her dragon, Silverwing, to all the distant parts of the realm. She had great influence over Jaehaerys and convinced him to abolish the lord’s right to the First Night. When the couple visited the North, the queen travelled to the Wall on her dragon Silverwing. Impressed by the bravery of the Night’s Watch, she asked Jaehaerys to double the size of the Watch’s land. The acquired land was called the New Gift. During her visit she stayed in castle Snowgate, which was renamed Queensgate in her honour. She also convinced the Night’s Watch to build a new castle, Deep Lake, as a replacement for the Nightfort.
It’s just so interesting looking back on what Arya told her Father about her future.
“Can I be a King’s Councillor and build castles and become the High Septon?”
Ned tells her she will marry a King and rule his Castle, and will possibly have a child that may become the High Septon.
The similarities to Good Queen Alysanne is almost freakish.
Alysanne wasn’t raised with the expectation that she would be Queen.
Alysanne was the youngest daughter of King Aenys I Targaryen.
Alysanne was 12 years old when her brother became king. Arya will turn 12 in Winds of Winter, when Jon becomes KiTN
Alysanne was a dragonrider who loved to fly. *Arya also has a bond with a mythical beast in her Direwolf, one that she can warg. Arya also expresses a desire to fly several times. She says she wants to turn into a wolf with wings
Alysanne is a keen archer and hunter. Very “tomboy” and unlady-like activities. Arya has demonstrated all these traits.
Queen Alysanne enjoyed physical activity (a quality that would have appealed to her brother Jaehaerys, who was reputed to be a fine rider as well as a skilled archer and horseman). They spent many years growing up together before Jaehaerys became King. Alysanne’s older sister already married off several times in violent and political marriages.
Alysanne married her brother Jaehaerys and became Queen. She was also the King’s most trusted Counsellor.
It is commonly believed the name Lyanna gives Jon at his birth is Jaehaerys.
Alysanne was loved by the smallfolk. She lived amongst them even after becoming Queen. Sounds familiar?
“Sansa knew all about the sorts of people Arya liked to talk to: squires and grooms and serving girls, old men and naked children, rough-spoken freeriders of uncertain birth. Arya would make friends with anybody.”_
“Arya had loved nothing better than to sit at her farthers table and listen to them talk. She had loved listening to the men on the benches too; to freeriders tough as leather, courtly knights and bold young squires, and gizzeld old men at arms.”
Arya, even while being brainwashed by the FM, she is still a social butterfly. Still making friends where ever she went. It’s interesting she preferred Cat of the Canals of all of her other disguises. Sidenote: In her backstory for Cat, Arya actually says that Cat arrived to Braavos on ship named Nymeria.
“She missed the friends she’d had when she was Cat of the Canals; Old Brusco with his bad back, his daughters Talea and Brea, the mummers from the Ship, Merry and her whores at the Happy Port, all the other rogues and wharfside scum. She missed Cat herself the most of all, even more than she missed her eyes. She had liked being Cat, more than she had ever liked being Salty or Squab or Weasel or Arry.”
- Queen Alysanne planned and funded the building of a Castle called Deep Lake. She had Queensgate named in her honor. Arya wants to build Castles
Alysanne was a fierce believer in woman’s rights and actively changed societies standards. “Alysanne saw no reason why a man should be favored over a woman”. Which is something Arya strongly believes in and has even told Jon directly.
She was married to Ronnel Arryn, Lord of the Vale. This marriage had been arranged by Queen Rhaenys Targaryen, as an attempt to knit the new realm together. There are letters at the Citadel, which suggest that Lord Stark only agreed to this match after much protest, and that his sons had refused to attend the wedding. Lord Ronnel would be killed early in the reign of King Aenys I Targaryen by his own brother, Jonos. Ronnel’s entire family was killed with him. It is unknow whether Torrhen’s daughter was still alive at this point.
The death of Dowager Queen Visenya in 44AC was a notable event although Maegor seemed to take it in his stride. She had been his greatest ally and supporter from birth, seeking his advancement over his elder brother Aenys, and doing what she could do secure his legacy. In the confusion after her death, Aenys’s widow, Queen Alyssa, slipped away from Dragonstone with her children, as well as with Dark Sister, Visenya’s Valyrian steel sword.
Tyanna, also known as Tyanna of Pentos and Tyanna of the Tower, was a Pentoshi woman who became a wife of King Maegor I Targaryen. The beautiful Tyanna became Maegor’s lover during his exile in Pentos; she was rumored to be Queen Alys Harroway’s paramour as well. After Maegor was crowned king, his rule was challenged by the Faith of the Seven with a trial of seven. Maegor won but was grievously wounded. Twenty-eight days later Alys arrived from Pentos with Tyanna. The Dowager Queen, Visenya Targaryen, after meeting with Tyanna, gave the king over to her care alone, a fact that troubled Maegor’s supporters. Tyanna married Maegor in 42 AC. When Queen Alyssa Velaryon, slipped away from Dragonstone with her children, as well as with the sword Dark Sister. Alyssa and Aenys’s second son, Prince Viserys, had been kept at the Red Keep as the king’s squire, however, and he suffered for her flight. He died after nine days of questioning at the hands of Tyanna of the Tower. Tyanna served as mistress of whisperers on her husband’s small council and was dubbed “the king’s raven”. Tyanna eventually confessed her responsibility for the abominations that were born of Maegor’s seed, claiming she had poisoned his other brides. She was killed by Maegor’s own hand in 48 AC, her heart cut out with the sword Blackfyre and thrown to his dogs.
from Wikipedia: Visenya Targaryen was the older of Aegon I’s sisters. A passionate, temperamental woman, she was apt to dress as a warrior, with her hair in braided coils or bound in rings, and wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. During the War of Conquest, she rode a dragon into battle. She was the mother of Maegor I, called Maegor the Cruel.
Queen Rhaenys Targaryen was the younger of Aegon I’s sister-queens. She was a year or two younger then Aegon. Physically she was more slender and graceful than her sister. She was known as less stern and more playful than her older sister. She participated in the War of Conquest by riding her dragon, Meraxes, in battle. She was the mother of Aenys I, and it was her line of progeny that comprised the bulk of the Targaryen dynasty.
Shiera Seastar was the last of the Great Bastards of Aegon IV. She was famous for her beauty. Although she had two mismatched eyes, (one blue, the other green), it was said that the “defect” only enhanced her beauty. She was known to possess a famous necklace, alternating sapphires and emeralds to compliment her unusual eyes. Shiera never married, but took many lovers, and numerous duels were fought for her favor. Her half-brother Bloodraven was her most ardent suitor, and repeatedly proposed marriage to her