Rhaenys_Targaryen Posted August 2, 2014 Share Posted August 2, 2014 I was wondering if there is every a mention of the Targaryens choosing their brides among the female members of House Dayne? As far as I remember that has never been the case but it is rather odd considering the fairly high status and prestige of the family among the Westerosi nobility. The Dayenes having similar "phenotype" to the Targs (purple eyes, sometimes silver hair) would seem like reasonable candidates when brother/sister incest is either not possible or desirable. The only drawback would be possibly alienating House Martell. It seems rather odd that for example Ashara Dayne was not considered a possible match for Rhaegar. Arthur being the crown prince's oldest friend implies a strong bond between the two families. I understand that the Daynes are not Lord Paramours and might not be considered worthy of the Targaryens but surely they should rank above some foreigner from Essos that Aerys was willing to consider. No marriage to a Dayne had ever been mentioned."some foreigner from Essos" would be a highborn girl of Valyrian descent. The Targaryens themselves are also Valyrian, so it's not weird that Aerys had looked in that direction.That Rhaegar and Arthur were good friends does not imply a good relationship between the two houses, however. That Rhaegar was friends with someone, doesn't mean that Aerys was.Also, a possible match between Targaryen and Dayne would not alienate House Martell. Why would it? There was nothing previously arranged with the Martells, so it would have been no problem if a bannermans daughter had been chosen as Rhaegars wife..But Aerys wanted someone to continue the line of the dragons with, as pure a Valyrian blood as he could find. In Essos, where people of Valyrian descent still live, Steffon obviously did not find anyone who met Aerys' criteria, and thus Elia Martell, herself having Targaryen blood, was chosen. The Daynes do not have dragonblood, which would always count higher than descending from any random Valyrian house.The theory is that Steffon was send out to find descendants of Aerion Targaryen, who had spend quite some time in Lys and could easily have left a few children there. There might have been others as well, descending from Targaryen cousins from before the Doom. If their descendants still exist, however, Aerys must have thought their lines were diluted too much, by having made the "wrong" (read: too many non-valyrian) marriages. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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