Rhaenyra Targaryen Timeline – House of the Dragon

Rhaenyra Targaryen Info

Rhaenyra TargaryenFatherKing Viserys I
Mother – Aemma Arryn
Siblings – Baelon, Aegon
Spouse – Laenor Velaryon
Children – Jacaerys, Lucerys, Joffrey
Dragon – Syrax

This Rhaenyra Targaryen timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in the life of the fictitious character as shown in the TV series House of the Dragon

Please Note: In the TV adaptation, characters’ ages are different to those in the books. The ages given in this timeline are those known to have been decided by the show, or are approximations made using a combination of the ages in the book and the ages of the actors.

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Rhaenyra Targaryen Timeline

Before Season 1 Age 0
Rhaenyra Targaryen was born to Prince Viserys and his wife, Aemma. She was the great granddaughter of King Jaehaerys.
Before Season 1 Age 4
Rhaenyra’s grandfather, Baelon the Brave, died. This caused a succession problem because he was heir to the throne. A meeting of the Great Council was held at Harrenhal to decide who should succeed. Both Prince Viserys and his aunt Rhaenys Targaryen had a claim to the throne. The Council decided that Viserys should succeed as King.
Season 1 Prologue Age 6
King Jaehaerys I died. Rhaenyra’s father became King Viserys I. 
Season 1 Age 15
After riding her dragon Syrax around the city, Rhaenyra returned to Kings Landing. She was met by her sworn shield, Ser Harrold Westerling and her friend Alicent Hightower.
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra and Alicent paid a visit to Queen Aemma who was heavily pregnant. Aemma told Rhaenyra that having children was a woman’s duty and childbirth was their battleground.
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra Targaryen attended the meeting of the Small Council where she served as cupbearer. Those present were the King, the Hand of the King Otto Hightower, Corlys Valaryon husband of Rhaenys Targaryen, Lyman Beesbury, Grand Maester Mellos. During the meeting, Viserys dismissed the concerns of Corys Valaryon regarding pirates and defended his brother Daemon who had spent much money equipping the Kingsguard. 
Season 1 Age 15
When the Council meeting ended, Rhaenyra, accompanied by her sworn shield, went to the Red Keep. There she found her uncle, Prince Daemon, sitting on the iron throne. He presented her with a necKlace made of Valyrian steel.  
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra and Alicent visited the godswood. They spoke of the impending royal birth and Rhaenyra expressed her hope that the child was a boy for her father’s sake. 
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra and Alicent attended the tournament to celebrate the impending royal birth. They were both curious about the knight who won through to the final against Prince Daemon. When he won, he removed his helmet revealing himself to be Ser Criston Cole of Dornish descent. He asked Rhaenyra for her favour.  
Season 1 Age 15
While the tournament was in progress, King Viserys was called to the birthing room where he was told that the baby was in the breach position and could not be turned. He was told that the child could be saved if they cut Aemma open but she would die if they did so. Viserys chose to save the child. He sat with his wife as she bled to death. The child, Baelon, died soon after its birth.
Season 1 Age 15
The funeral of Queen Aemma and Prince Baelon was held. Rhaenyra gave her dragon Syrax the command ‘Dracarys’ to light the funeral pyre. 
Season 1 Age 15
After learning that Prince Daemon had toasted Prince Baelon the ‘heir for a day’, Viserys banished him from court and sent him home to his wife.
Season 1 Age 15
King Viserys told Rhaenyra that he had named her as his heir. Soon after the nobles of the seven kingdoms paid homage and swore allegiance to them both.
Season 1 Age 15
A few months after the death of Queen Aemma, at a meeting of the Small Council, an angry Corlys Velaryon announced that the Triarchy, financed by the Free Cities, had sunk four Westerosi ships. He pleaded with the King to allow him to take the Royal fleet to defeat Craghas Drahar. Corlys approved of the idea suggested by Rhaenyra Targaryen that the dragonriders be used to quickly defeat the pirate. However, Viserys refused to sanction any action that might provoke war with the Free Cities.
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra Targaryen was given the task of choosing a new Commander of the Kingsguard. She was astonished when only Ser Criston Cole had combat experience and gave him the post. This annoyed Otto Hightower who felt the post should go to the candidate from the house that would afford the best alliance.
Season 1 Age 15
Some months later, Alicent Hightower advised Rhaenyra to reach out to her father.
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra and her father met. She told him that she understood he had to remarry and told him that the match with Laena Velaryon was a good one.
Season 1 Age 15
Rhaenyra watched her father walking in the gardens with Laena. Rhaenys told her that the country would never accept a woman on the iron throne and that when her father had a son she would be displaced.
Season 1 Age 15
After learning that Prince Daemon had stolen the dragon egg set aside for Prince Baelon, Rhaenyra rode Syrax to Dragonstone. She arrived just after Otto Hightower and she took the egg from Daemon, telling Otto that only she could retrieve the egg without bloodshed, thwarting his effort to destroy Prince Daemon.
Season 1 Age 15
At the next meeting of the Small Council, King Viserys announced his intention to marry Alicent Hightower. Rhaenyra Targaryen was hurt that both her father and her friend had kept their relationship secret and stormed out.
Season 1 Age 18
Despite the efforts of Alicent to resume their friendship, Rhaenyra Targaryen refused to speak to the new Queen unless formally required to do so.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra reluctantly attended the hunt to mark Prince Aegon’s second birthday. She was furious when she discovered that her father wanted her to marry Jason Lannister and rode off into the woods pursued by Ser Criston Cole.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra refused Criston Cole’s pleas to return to camp for the night. During the night she was attacked by a wild boar which she killed. Rhaenyra and Criston returned to the main camp the next morning with their kill.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra was told by her father to find herself a husband and marry for love. He had arranged a tour so that a variety of suitors could plead their case to her. Rhaenyra cut the tour short, bored of the endless queues of unsuitable men and boys.
Season 1 Age 18
On her return to court, she discovered that her uncle had returned. The two spoke and declared how much they had both changed in the years he had been away.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra Targaryen returned to her room where she found a bag left in her room. The bag contained clothes and a map. Rhaenyra put the clothes on then followed the map to rendezvous with Daemon.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra and Daemon spent time on the streets of Kings Landing. They watched a play about the succession which revealed that the smallfolk did not believe a woman could rule the Seven Kingdoms. Later they ended up in a brothel and Daemon began kissing her. However, he stopped short of having sex with her and walked away.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra was humiliated. She left the brothel and returned to the Red Keep. She then seduced Ser Criston Cole.
Season 1 Age 18
The following day, Rhaenyra learned that she and Daemon had been spotted by one of Otto Hightower’s spies. She told Alicent Hightower that her virtue was intact.
Season 1 Age 18
Viserys told Rhaenyra that she was to wed Laenor Velaryon. Rhaenyra agreed to the marriage on condition that Viserys get rid of Otto Hightower.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra travelled with her father to meet Corlys Velaryon and propose a marriage between Rhaenyra and Laenor Velaryon.
Season 1 Age 18
While their parents were negotiating marriage terms, Rhaenyra and Laenor walked on the beach. She admitted to him that she preferred older men and he told her he preferred men to women. They agreed to marry, produce heirs then love where they wished.
Season 1 Age 18
On the return journey to Kings Landing, Ser Criston Cole asked her to give up everything and run away with him. She turned him down saying that she had a duty to marry a nobleman but that they could continue their affair.
Season 1 Age 18
Rhaenyra attended the preliminary wedding feast. She danced with Laenor Velaryon and then spoke with her uncle in Velarion. She told Daemon that if he wanted her he should take her. A fight broke out and Ser Criston Cole killed Joffrey Lonmouth, Laenor’s love interest.
Season 1 Age 18
King Viserys began feeling very sick and ordered that the wedding take place immediately. As the couple said their vows he collapsed.
Season 1 Age 23
A son, Jacaerys was born to Rhaenerys. Although married to Laenor Velaryon, the child’s father was Harwin Strong, commander of the Kingsguard.
Season 1 Age 25
A son, Lucerys was born to Rhaenerys. Although married to Laenor Velaryon, the child’s father was Harwin Strong.
Season 1 Age 28
Rhaenerys gave birth to a third son, Joffrey. He was fathered by Harwin Strong. Following the birth, Rhaenerys was told that the Queen wanted to see the child. She rose from bed, dressed and walked to Alicent, visibly in discomfort.
Season 1 Age 28
Later, Harwin Strong, son of the Hand of the King and Rhaenyra’s personal guard, arrived to meet the new prince.
Season 1 Age 31
Alicent and Rhaenyra’s children were at the dragonpit where Jacaerys was learning to tame his dragon. Afterwards all the children taunted Prince Aemond, who did not have a dragon, by presenting him with a pig.
Season 1 Age 28
Rhaenyra’s children were being trained by Ser Criston Cole with Alicent’s children. Cole showed favour to Alicent’s children.
Season 1 Age 28
At a meeting of the Small Council, Rhaenyra suggested that the animosity between her and Alicent be put aside with the marriage of Prince Jacaerys to Princes Helaena.
Season 1 Age 28
Harwin Strong arrived to say goodbye to Rhaenyra and the children. On his father’s order he was to return to Harrenhal.
Season 1 Age 28
While Harwin Strong and his father were at Harrenhal, a fire broke out. They were both unable to leave their rooms and died in the blaze.
Season 1 Age 28
Alicent, Laenor and their children left Kings Landing for Dragonstone.
Season 1
To be continued

 

Published Sept 7 2022 @ 1:25 pm – Updated – Sep 27, 2022 @ 12:01 am

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