|House Corbray of Heart's Home|
|Coat of arms|| Three black ravens in flight, holding three red hearts, on a white field|
(Argent, three ravens volant sable, each clutching in their claws a heart gules)
|Current Lord||Lyonel Corbray|
|Region||The Vale of Arryn|
|Title|| Lord of the Five Fingers (formerly)|
King of the Fingers (formerly)
Lord of Heart's Home
|Heir||Ser Lyn Corbray|
|Ancestral Weapon||Lady Forlorn|
|Founder||Ser Corwyn Cobray|
|Founded||Coming of the Andals|
The Corbrays were an Andal house during the Andal invasion. Corwyn Corbray conquered the Fingers by defeating Houses Brightstone and Shell, claiming for himself the title of Lord of the Five Fingers. When the First Men began to unite against the Andals, King Robar II Royce slew Qyle Corbray, King of the Fingers. The Corbrays claim that Ser Jaime Corbray killed Robar in the battle of the Seven Stars.
During the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen, Ser Gawen Corbray was chosen by Queen Visenya Targaryen as master-at-arms for her son, Prince Maegor, on Dragonstone. On account of his reputation as being one of the deadliest knights in the Seven Kingdoms in his day.
During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard was part of the loyalist forces that fought Daemon Blackfyre at the battle of the Redgrass Field. They dueled for nearly an hour, their Valyrian steel swords Blackfyre and Lady Forlorn clashing loudly. At last, Blackfyre struck Gwayne's helm and left him blind and bleeding. Daemon dismounted to tend to his foe and ordered Redtusk to carry Gwayne back to the maesters for healing, an action that afterwards some considered decisive, since it gave the Raven's Teeth enough time to find a good position to fire the arrows that killed Daemon.
During Robert's Rebellion, Lyn Corbray fought Lord Jon Arryn at the gates of Gulltown, and later joined him at the battle of the Trident, where he slew Prince Lewyn Martell. At the battle, he took Lady Forlorn after his father was injured, and led a charge which broke the Dornishmen. His father gave Lady Forlorn to him upon his death, something his older brother Lyonel resented.
A Game of Thrones
Mya Stone confesses to Catelyn Stark of being infatuated with Mychel Redfort, Ser Lyn Corbray's squire. Lyn is one of the widowed Lady Lysa Arryn's suitors, and stays with her at the Eyrie for half a year after Lord Jon Arryn's death. Lyn offers himself as a champion for Lady Lysa in Tyrion Lannister's trial by battle, stating that he is the surest sword there.
A Storm of Swords
When discussing King Robb Stark's succession, his mother Catelyn recalls that Lord Eddard Stark's grandfather had a sister who married a younger son of Lord Raymar Royce and had three daughters, one of whom married a Corbray.
Lysa is angered by Lord Lyonel Corbray for asking for her son Robert Arryn to be sent to them as a ward, and does not believe that they truly love her. Leaving his new wife Lysa and Sansa Stark at the Eyrie, Petyr Baelish spends four days meeting with the Corbrays.
A Feast for Crows
Although Lord Lyonel is content enough with Petyr's rule, Ser Lyn joins the Lords Declarant. Though he is Petyr's guest at the Eyrie, Lyn draws his sword and menaces him during the parley with the Lords Declarant. Sansa discovers that Lyn had been bought by Littlefinger from the beginning, in order to undermine the Lords Declarant. Petyr confesses that he rewards Lyn for his services with "gold and boys and promises", defining him as a man of simple tastes.
Petyr arranges the wedding between childless Lyonel Corbray and the daughter of a rich Gulltown merchant who provides an enormous dowry. The Lords Declarant are supposed to shun Lyonel's wedding. At the end, Lord Belmore, Lady Waynwood and the Knight of Ninestars attend, as well as the Lords Waxley, Grafton and Lynderly.
House Corbray at the end of the third century
The known Corbrays during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Lyonel Corbray, the Lord of Heart's Home. A childless man of forty-odd years.
- Ser Lyn Corbray, his eldest brother and heir. A quarrelsome knight.
- Ser Lucas Corbray, his younger brother.
- Ser Corwyn Corbray, an Andal invader who claimed the Fingers as Lord of the Five Fingers.
- King Qyle Corbray, King of the Fingers, slain by King Robar II Royce.
- Ser Jaime Corbray, one of the possible slayers of King Robar II Royce during the battle of the Seven Stars.
- Ser Gawen Corbray, master-at-arms for House Targaryen on Dragonstone, who trained Prince Maegor Targaryen.
- Ser Corwyn Corbray, a regent during the regency of King Aegon III Targaryen.
- Ser Gwayne Corbray, a knight of the Kingsguard during the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen.
References and Notes
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
- The Sons of the Dragon.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- The Sworn Sword.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.