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Biographical Information
Reign 157 AC - 161 AC
Full Name Daeron Targaryen the First of His Name
Alias The Young Dragon
The Boy King
Other Titles King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Born in 143 AC[1], at King's Landing[2]
Died in 161 AC, at Dorne[2]
Buried in , at King's Landing
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Aegon III Targaryen
Heir Baelor I Targaryen
Successor Baelor I Targaryen
Issue None
Father Aegon III Targaryen
Mother Daenaera Velaryon[2]
References
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Daeron I Targaryen, known as the Young Dragon[3] and the Boy King,[4] was the eldest son of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Daenaera Velaryon, and the eighth Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne. He ascended to the throne at the age of fourteen and is famous for invading Dorne, which he wrote about in his Conquest of Dorne.

Character and Appearance

Young Daeron was handsome, being clean-shaven with long hair.[5] A warrior and conqueror, Daeron was self-confident and charismatic.[6][5] He was also an elegant writer.[3]

Daeron has been considered great by some but mad by others.[7] He was idolized by his sister, Princess Daena Targaryen,[8] and Jon Snow considers the Young Dragon as one of his heroes.[4][9]

Daeron wore the crown of Aegon the Conqueror and owned an elaborate suit of gold and black plate.[5]

History

Youth

Daeron was born in 143 AC as the firstborn son and heir of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Daenaera Velaryon. He had a younger brother, Prince Baelor, and three younger sisters, Princesses Daena, Rhaena, and Elaena. When his father died in 157 AC, the prince was crowned King Daeron I in 157 AC at the age of fourteen. Daeron kept his uncle, Prince Viserys, as his Hand of the King, as his uncle had held the position for Aegon III as well. Viserys did not insist upon a regency for the young king.[6]

Conquest of Dorne

Daeron had long felt that the continued independence of Dorne represented unfinished business for the Targaryens, and upon his ascension he vowed to rectify his ancestors' mistake. Viserys and other councillors objected to the young king's plans, however, reminding Daeron that Aegon the Conquerer and his sisters had failed twice in trying to conquer Dorne with dragons, and that the Iron Throne now had none. Daeron famously replied, "You have a dragon. He stands before you."[6]

Daeron planned his conquest of Dorne with the aid of Lord Alyn Velaryon. The campaign showed great promise as Daeron went over and revised the mistakes that were made in the First Dornish War. Daeron split his army into three for the invasion and personally led the army down the Boneway. Learning from the mistakes made by Lord Orys Baratheon in the first war, Daeron used goat paths located in the pass to avoid traps and ambushes which Dornishmen usually implemented to repel invaders. A second army led by Lord Lyonel Tyrell marched down the Prince's Pass. The third army was a naval assault by Alyn Oakenfist along the Dornish coast, and the royal fleet broke the Planky Town.[6]

After several battles, the Prince of Dorne and two score Dornish lords bent the knee in the Submission of Sunspear in 158 AC, within a year of the invasion's beginning. Daeron became the first Targaryen king to conquer Dorne and unite all Seven Kingdoms for the first time, despite the loss of ten thousand men in taking the peninsula.[4] Daeron wrote Conquest of Dorne about his achievement.[3] The book was known for its style and simplicity,[6] but in it Daeron exaggerated the numbers of his foes to make his conquest seem greater.[10]

Daeron spent some time in Dorne to consolidate his conquest and eliminate rebels. An assassination attempt on the king was prevented by the actions of his cousin, Prince Aemon Targaryen, who threw himself in the path of a poisoned arrow meant for Daeron. Aemon the Dragonknight survived the poison, however, and was sent back to King's Landing to recover.[6] Leaving Lord Tyrell in charge in Dorne, Daeron returned to the capital in 159 AC, bringing fourteen Dornish nobles with him as hostages.[6]

Rebellion and Death

Although the Dornish nobility had submitted to House Targaryen, the Dornish smallfolk continued to resist. Daeron's steward in Dorne, Lord Lyonel Tyrell, attempted to stamp out rebellion, and forty or fifty thousand men are said to have died in the next three years.[4][6] A clever trap at Sandstone killed Lyonel and sparked a great uprising, however, leading Daeron to return to Dorne in 160 AC.

The Young Dragon achieved victories along the Boneway while Lord Alyn Velaryon dealt with the Planky Town and the Greenblood.[6] Thinking the Dornish were again willing to submit, Daeron met with them under a peace banner in 161 AC. The eighteen-year-old king was assassinated by Dornishmen, however, with three knights of the Kingsguard slain—including Ser Olyvar Oakheart[11]—one yielding, and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight captured, though Aemon managed to slay two of the betrayers before being taken into custody.[6]

Daeron was succeeded by his brother, Baelor I Targaryen, and the Dornish hostages in King's Landing were thrown into the dungeons by Prince Viserys, the Hand of the King.[12] The Weeping Town received its name from the townspeople's reaction when Daeron's corpse arrived from Dorne.[13] Although most lords were vengeful after Daeron's death, Baelor the Blessed forgave the assassins and brought about a rapprochement with the Dornish.[12]

In the city of Oldtown, there is a statue of King Daeron I astride a tall stone horse, his sword lifted toward Dorne.[14] Grand Maester Kaeth wrote about Daeron's reign in Lives of Four Kings.[15]

Quotes

Jon: Daeron Targaryen was only fourteen when he conquered Dorne.

Benjen: A conquest that lasted a summer. Your Boy King lost ten thousand men taking the place, and another fifty trying to hold it. Someone should have told him that war isn't a game.[4]

Jon Snow and Benjen Stark


King Daeron wrote with an elegant simplicity, and his history is rich with blood, battle, and bravery.[3]
- Pylos to Davos Seaworth

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
Maelor
 
Jaehaera
 
Aegon III
 
Daenaera
Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys II
 
Larra
Rogare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron I
 
Rhaena
 
 
Elaena
 
Alyn
Velaryon
 
Baelor I
 
Daena
 
Aegon IV
 
Naerys
 
Aemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ossifer
Plumm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeyne
Waters
 
Jon
Waters
 
 
Daemon
Blackfyre
 
Daeron II
 
Mariah
Martell
 
Daenerys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys
Plumm
 
 
 
Michael
Manwoody
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ronnel
Penrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Longwaters
 
 
House
Blackfyre
 
 
 
House
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robin
Penrose
 
Laena
Penrose
 
Jocelyn
Penrose
 
Joy
Penrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Behind the Scenes

According to George R. R. Martin, Alexander the Great is an inspiration for the character of Daeron.[5]

References

  1. See the Daeron I Targaryen calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daeron I Targaryen.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 So Spake Martin: Targaryen Kings, November 01, 2005
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  7. So Spake Martin: Egg and the Targaryens, November 05, 1998
  8. So Spake Martin: Three Maidens in the Tower, June 27, 2006
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon VII.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  12. 12.0 12.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands.
  14. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.