Lyonel Tyrell (lord)

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House Tyrell.svg Lord
Lyonel Tyrell
House Tyrell.svg
Allegiance House Tyrell
Culture Reach
Born In around 129 AC
Died In 159 AC or 160 ACSandstone

Lyonel Tyrell was the Lord of Highgarden and the head of House Tyrell during the Dance of the Dragons and the conquest of Dorne.


Lyonel was a faithful and bold commander.[1]


The Dance of the Dragons

Lord Lyonel[2][3] was an infant when the Dance of the Dragons broke out in 129 AC. During his minority, Lyonel's mother, castellan, and steward ruled the Reach in his name as his regents.[4] At the outbreak of the war, Lyonel's mother was judged likely to align the Reach with their "overmighty" bannermen, House Hightower, and the greens in support of Aegon II Targaryen. As the war progressed, the Tyrell bannermen were split, with men of the Reach fighting on both sides. With their bannermen divided, Lyonel's regents thought better of their support for Aegon II and decided that House Tyrell would remain neutral for the remainder of the war.[4][5]

Desiring Highgarden for himself, Ser Ulf White declared that the Tyrells should be attainted as traitors for not taking part in the war.[6] Ulf was poisoned after the Second Battle of Tumbleton, however.[7] When Lord Kermit Tully marched on King's Landing against Aegon II, the king desperately wrote to Lord Tyrell for support, but his mother wrote that she had reason to doubt the loyalty of her son's bannermen and was not fit to lead a host to war herself, "being a mere woman". The war ended shortly after when Aegon II was found poisoned.[8]

When Lord Corlys Velaryon sued for peace, Lord Lyonel Hightower initially intended to raise an army to renew the war. However, Lord Hightower's younger brother Garmund was a page at Highgarden, where he served as a companion to the young Lord of Highgarden and his mother. According to Grand Maester Munkun's True Telling, the Tyrells finally bestirred themselves and forbade the Hightowers from renewing the war without their leave, or Garmund would pay for his brother's defiance with his life.[9]

Conquest of Dorne

Upon his ascension in 157 AC, King Daeron I Targaryen marched south with his armies. Lord Lyonel led an army on behalf of Daeron in the conquest of Dorne and won the Prince's Pass. The Young Dragon accomplished the Submission of Sunspear in 158 AC, becoming the first Targaryen king to conquer the land and unite all Seven Kingdoms for the first time. When Daeron returned to King's Landing in 159 AC, he left Lord Tyrell behind to keep peace in Dorne.[10]

The Dornishmen, however, proved cunning and impossible to rule. Lyonel moved with his train from one keep to the next, chasing rebels out and keeping the knees of the Dornishmen bent. Lord Qorgyle aided Lyonel in suppressing one of the more notorious rebels.[10]

It was Lyonel's custom to turn the lords of the keeps he stayed in out of their chambers and sleep in their place. One night at Sandstone with the Qorgyles, finding himself in a bed with a heavy velvet canopy, Lyonel pulled a sash near the pillows to summon a wench. When he did so, the canopy opened and a hundred red scorpions fell upon him. According to Red Sands by Maester Gareth, Lyonel's murder was arranged by Lord Qorgyle. It is disputed whether this was done because Lord Qorgyle felt unappreciated for his aid against rebels, or if the Qorgyles had been manipulating Lord Tyrell into trusting them from the beginning of the rebellion.[10]

Lord Tyrell's death sparked new revolts, and in a fortnight all the work of the Young Dragon was undone, eventually bringing the about the death of King Daeron himself.[10]


  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: House Tyrell.
  2. Mrs.Grumpy, (December 17, 2013). Spoilers, the Princess and the Queen. Complete spoilers discussion. Retrieved May 10 2014.
  3. Ran (December 17, 2013). Spoilers, the Princess and the Queen. Complete spoilers discussion. Retrieved May 10 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  8. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  9. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
Last known title holder:
Matthos Tyrell
Lord of Highgarden
Lord Paramount of the Mander
Defender of the Marches
High Marshal of the Reach
Warden of the South
Next known title holder:
Leo Tyrell