Ryam Redwyne

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Ryam Redwyne
Title Ser
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Redwyne
Culture Reachmen
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.[1][2]


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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4]

He was succeeded as Lord Commander by Ser Harrold Westerling when he died in 105 AC. His slot in the Kingsguard was taken by Ser Criston Cole.[2]

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. [3]

References and Notes

  1. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Rogue Prince.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.

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