Aenys Blackfyre by Riotarttherite
|In 191–194 AC
|In 233 AC, King's Landing
|Daemon I Blackfyre
|Rohanne of Tyrosh
|The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
After the death of King Maekar I Targaryen in 233 AC, there was no definitive heir to ascend the Iron Throne. When the Hand of the King, Lord Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, called a Great Council, Aenys put forth his claim to the throne by writing from exile. Bloodraven offered him safe conduct to King's Landing, so Aenys could present his claim in person. Aenys accepted this proposal, but as soon as he entered the capital he was seized by the gold cloaks and dragged to the Red Keep, where he was executed. His head was presented to the lords of the Great Council, as a warning to any who might still have Blackfyre sympathies.
After King Aegon V Targaryen was crowned king, he had Bloodraven arrested for the murder of Aenys, as Brynden had broken the word of the Iron Throne with the act. Brynden was sentenced to death but later sent to the Wall instead, to live out the remainder of his life as a Brother of the Night's Watch.
Behind the Scenes
Aenys may be a reference by George R. R. Martin to Edmund de la Pole, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, a Yorkist rival to King Henry VII of England, a Tudor. When he returned to England after exile, Edmund was imprisoned by Henry VII and later executed by Henry's son, King Henry VIII.