Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Hand of the King
|Allegiance|| House Redwyne|
|Died||In 105 AC, at King's Landing|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
Ser Ryam Redwyne was a knight of House Redwyne. He was Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen. He also served briefly as Hand of the King for a year under King Jaehaerys I.
Ser Ryam was considered the greatest knight of his day. He was also considered one of the worst Hands of the King the realm has ever seen.
In the great tourney of King's Landing in 98 AC to celebrate the fiftieth year of King Jaehaerys reign, Ser Ryam and Ser Clement Crabb broke thirty lances against each other before King Jaehaerys proclaimed them co-champions, in what is often called the finest display of jousting in Westeros' history.
In 99 AC, Ser Ryam was named Hand of the King by Jaehaerys I, after the death of the previous Hand Septon Barth. Ryam was terrible in this office, and was replaced by the king's son and heir, Prince Baelon, less than a year after having been raised to the office.
References in the books
A Storm of Swords
On Dragonstone Davos Seaworth, who is now King Stannis Baratheon's Hand, thinks that he has risen too high due to his humble origins. Davos tells Maester Pylos that a King's Hand should be a highborn lord, someone wise and learned, a battle commander or a great knight. Maester Pylos reminds Davos Seaworth that Ser Ryam Redwyne was one of the greatest knights of his day and one of the worst Hands ever to serve a king. 
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