Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen

Emily “Eve” Best is an English director and actress. She is known for her TV parts as Dr. Eleanor O’Hara on the Showtime show Nurse Jackie (2009–2013), First Lady Dolley Madison in the 2011 special American Experience, and Monica Chatwin in the 2014 BBC miniseries The Honourable Woman. In the 2010 movie The King’s Speech, she also played Wallis Simpson.

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Best got the Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2006 for her part as Hedda Gabler. In 2007, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten. She won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for that performance and was nominated for the first of two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play. She was chosen to play Princess Rhaenys Targaryen on HBO’s House of the Dragon.

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Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen

King Aegon I Targaryen, the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, had a sister named Queen Rhaenys. She was his youngest sister. Someone said that she was Aegon’s best wife because she and her older sister Visenya were both married to him. She had a son with Aegon named Aenys I, who continued the line of the dragon kings. Fifteen of the sixteen Targaryen kings are straight descendants of Rhaenys and Aegon. She was a dragon rider who sailed on Meraxes.

Princess Rhaenys Targaryen Character and How She Looks Like

Rhaenys was a pretty woman. She had long, silver-gold hair that she kept free, purple eyes that were not closed and a slim body.

Rhaenys was kind, beautiful, playful, curious, impulsive, and prone to fancy-making. She also had a mischievous side to her personality. She liked writing, music, and dancing. Even more than her brothers, Rhaenys loved flying. It was said that she spent more time flying on her dragon, Meraxes, than all her siblings.

Rhaenys’ Early Life and Date of Birth

Aerion Targaryen, Lord of Dragonstone, and his wife, Lady Valaena Velaryon, had Rhaenys on the island of Dragonstone. The names of her older brothers were Visenya and Aegon. Valyrian marriage traditions said that Aegon should marry Visenya, his oldest sister, but he married both of his sisters instead. Some said that Aegon married Visenya because he had to and Rhaenys because he wanted to. Rhaenys trained to be a Dragonrider after becoming close to the dragon Meraxes.

Contribution and Influence in Aegon’s Conquest

As Aegon began to take over the Seven Kingdoms, Rhaenys and her brothers left Dragonstone on a ship. While Aegon started building the Aegonfort, Rhaenys flew on Meraxes to Rosby, which gave up without a fight. After taking over twelve houses, Aegon was made king. Aegon was called “Aegon, First of his Name, King of All Westeros, and Shield of His People” by Rhaenys, who was now queen, after Visenya put a Valyrian steel circlet on his head.

The Targaryen forces were sent out again just a few days after Aegon was crowned king. Rhaenys rode Meraxes with Orys Baratheon and most of the Targaryen army through the stormlands to get to Storm’s End. The troops of Lords Errol, Fell, and Buckler attacked the Targaryen army as it crossed the Wendwater. The killers disappeared into the trees after killing more than a thousand men. Rhaenys replied by sending out Meraxes to attack them.

The trees lit up like flames as a wall of dragonfire cut through the woods. Even though Lord Errol died, Lords Fell and Buckler lived long enough to send word to Storm’s End. The Storm King, Argilac Durrandon, heard that Harren Hoare, King of the Isles and the Rivers, had died in the burning of Harrenhal.

He marched from Storm’s End to meet the Targaryen army on the field instead of staying in his castle like Harren had. Rhaenys was on Meraxes when he saw him leave Storm’s End and return to the Targaryen house with information about how many Argilac were and how they were behaving.

A very bad storm called the “Last Storm” started right before the fight. Three times during the fight, the Durrandon host charged. They could get through the Baratheon center thrice, but then they ran into Rhaenys and Meraxes.

Dragonfire consumed the knights of Argilac’s personal guard and Dickon Morrigen and the Bastard of Blackhaven, who were in charge of the front line. The terrified warhorses ran away, chaos broke out, and Orys killed Argilac in single combat.

After killing the Storm King, Rhaenys went with the army to Storm’s End and flew on Meraxes into the castle to talk with Argella Durrandon, Argilac’s daughter and heir. The garrison finally gave Argella and Storm’s End to Orys, although Argella refused to give up the castle.

At Stoney Sept, Rhaenys met Visenya, Aegon, and the Targaryen host. From there, they ran south to meet the combined hosts of the Reach and the Westerlands, who were led by King of the Rock Loren I Lannister and King of the Reach Mern IX Gardener.

The battlefield’s dry grasses and wheat stands caught fire as Rhaenys and her brothers fought on Dragonback. The fight was called the Field of Fire because more than 4,000 men died in the fire, and tens of thousands were hurt. While fighting, Mern died, and Loren ran away, giving the Targaryens the win.

The three Targaryen brothers went their separate ways again after Loren gave up, but they soon met again at the Trident, where they waited for Torrhen Stark, King of the North, and his army. After Torrhen bowed his head, Rhaenys left her brothers and went to Dorne. To get to Vaith, she flew over the Red Mountains of Dorne and ignored the Dornish spearmen at the Prince’s Pass.

The castle was empty and abandoned, and the town next to the castle was only inhabited by women, children, and old men. Then Rhaenys flew to Godsgrace, the home of House Allyrion, and the Planky Town. However, the men and lords were also not there. When Rhaenys finally got to Sunspear, the only person left was Meria Martell, Princess of Dorne, who was eighty.

Meria told Rhaenys to tell Aegon that Dorne would not fight or kneel and would not have a king. After leaving Sunspear, Rhaenys told Meria that the Targaryens would be back, leaving Dorne as the only Kingdom that hadn’t been taken over.

Rhaenys in the Reign of the Dragon

Rhaenys, Aegon, and Visenya moved to the Aegonfort in King’s Landing after Aegon was crowned king by the High Septon at Oldtown. When Aegon wasn’t around, he often let Rhaenys, Visenya, and his councilors run the realm independently.

Rhaenys set up the rule of six while Aegon was on a journey, and she was in charge of it. Because of this rule, a husband could only hit his wife six times as punishment for cheating: one hit for each of the Seven, except for the Stranger.

Since her rule was based on a husband who hit his cheating wife 100 times, killing her, the queen said that the man had hit his wife 94 times without permission, and the brothers of the dead woman could punish the husband the same amount. Rhaenys also asked Aegon to make it illegal for the Ironborn to steal women all over the Seven Kingdoms.

In the first few years of her brother’s rule, Rhaenys often helped Aegon win over the respect of his servants and familiar people. The smallfolk were very important to Rhaenys. She also liked singers and bards. She also set up matches between houses that were far apart.

The daughter of Lord Torrhen Stark married Ronnel Arryn, the Lord of the Eyrie, as one of these wives. But letters found at the Citadel show that Torrhen only agreed to this match after a lot of opposition and that his sons didn’t want to go to the wedding because they didn’t agree with the Targaryen rule.

At court, it was said that for every night Aegon spent with Visenya, he spent ten with Rhaenys. Rhaenys hung out with attractive young guys on the nights when Aegon wasn’t with her. There were also rumors that she entertained some people in her bedroom.

In the year 7 AC, Rhaenys gave birth to Aenys, Aegon’s oldest son. But as a baby, Aenys was weak and sick. He cried a lot and wouldn’t nurse from wet nurses; he would only nurse at his mother’s breast. This led to reports that he wasn’t really Aegon’s child, but rather the child of one of the singers or mummers Rhaenys knew. But Aenys’s health improved, and the reports stopped when he became close with Quicksilver, a hatchling dragon.

Rhaenys in the First Dornish War

The First Dornish War began in 4 AD, with Aegon I. Rhaenys leading the attack on Dorne. As he approached Sunspear, he took over buildings and set fire to Planky Town. But the Dornish lords refused to fight in open battle again and got up from their chairs.

When Rhaenys and Aegon finally got to Sunspear, most of the people there had already left, including Meria Martell, Princess of Dorne. As a sign of their victory, Rhaenys and Aegon called together the few courtiers and officials who had stayed behind and said that the Iron Throne now ruled Dorne.

Rhaenys and Aegon went back to King’s Landing. They left Lord Jon Rosby as Sunspear’s Castellan and put Lord Harlan Tyrell in charge of a group of soldiers to put down the last revolts. However, they had just about reached the city when the Dornish rose, killing Jon (killed by Meria at Sunspear), and Harlan vanished with his army while marching to Sunspear to take back the castle in 5 AC. Guards as a whole were slain, and the knights in charge were slowly killed by torture.

Over the next few years, the war got worse and worse. When the Targaryens went back to Dorne to set their dragons free, the Dornish fought back with fire. In 10 AD, at Hellholt, Meraxes was hit in the eye by a bolt from a scorpion. Half of the castle was destroyed when the dragon fell from the sky with Rhaenys on its back. It’s not certain if Rhaenys lived longer than Meraxes. There are different stories about how Rhaenys died.

Some say she lost her seat and fell, killing herself. Others say she was crushed to death in the castle yard by Meraxes. Some stories say that Rhaenys lived through the fall and died slowly while being tortured by the Ullers, or that she was kept alive while being abused very badly. History says that Rhaenys died in 10 AC at Hellholt in Dorne, but the exact date of her death is unknown. Nobody ever brought her body back to King’s Landing.

What After the Death of Rhaenys

Rhaenys died when her son Aenys was three years old. The boy was so upset about losing his mother that he started crawling around like he was a baby again.

People called the two years after Rhaenys’s death “the years of the Dragon’s Wrath.” Aegon and Visenya were so sad about the death of their sister that they set fire to every castle, keep, and holdfast in Dorne at least once. The only ones they didn’t do this to were Sunspear and its shadow city, and they put a bounty on the heads of the Dornish lords. The war would go on until 13 AC.

A large sept had already been built on Visenya’s Hill in King’s Landing, but the Sept of Remembrance was added to the Hill of Rhaenys as a tribute to the queen.

She found three islands in the Sunset Sea and named them Aegon, Rhaenys, and Visenya. The Velaryon ship Queen Rhaenys was named for either Rhaenys, Aegon’s sister-queen or Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the “Queen Who Never Was.” The play The Conqueror’s Two Wives is about the royal children.

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