Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aegon III)
Rhaena, by Amok ©
|Born||In 147 AC|
|Died||In or after 171 AC|
|Father||Aegon III Targaryen|
Appearance and Character
At fourteen, two years younger than Daena, Rhaena was just as lovely as her sister, but hers was a softer, sweeter, more feminine beauty. Though she was not plump, her body was more rounded than Daena's; her breasts were larger, her lips fuller. Rhaena's hair was more gold than silver, and was always carefully coiffed and combed. She had soft, kind eyes and a shy, sweet smile.
In personality, she differed greatly from her older sister. Where Daena was wilful, wild, and adventurous, Rhaena was dutiful, meek, and passive. She loved to dress in white and gold, and was very fond of lace trim on her sleeves and bodice. She loved to sew and do needlework, and often embroidered religious scenes on her own clothing (such as the Mother's face, and the Maiden with a white hart).
Born in 147 AC, Rhaena was the second daughter of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Daenaera Velaryon. She had two older brothers, Daeron and Baelor, and two sisters, Daena, who was older, and Elaena, who was younger.
During the reign of their brother Baelor, Rhaena and her sisters were confined in the keep within the Red Keep that became known as the Maidenvault. According to Baelor, this was done to preserve their innocence from the wickedness of the world and the lusts of impious men, but many suspected he feared that he himself would be tempted to sin by the sight of their beauty. Rhaena, unlike her sisters, never chafed at her confinement. She was almost as pious as Baelor, and she eventually became a septa.
After the death of Baelor, Daena was briefly considered as a possible heir to the throne. However, the memories of the Dance of the Dragons and of Rhaenyra Targaryen, the last woman to sit the Iron Throne, left many leery of the idea of a ruling queen. The claims of Rhaena and her sisters were set aside, and Rhaena's uncle was crowned King Viserys II.
- See the Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aegon III) calculation.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
- So Spake Martin: Three Maidens in the Tower (June 27, 2006)
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.