Lyonel Tyrell (lord)

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Lyonel Tyrell
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Title Lord Paramount of the Mander
Lord of Highgarden
Defender of the Marches
High Marshal of the Reach
Warden of the South
Governor of Dorne
Allegiance House Tyrell
Culture Reach
Born In roughly 129 AC
Died In 159 AC or 160 AC, at Sandstone
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Princess and The Queen (mentioned)

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


The Dance of the Dragons

Lord Lyonel was an infant during the Dance of the Dragons (129131 AC); thus his mother, as well as the castellan and steward of Highgarden, ruled the Reach as his regents.[1] She was judged likely to align the Reach with the House's "overmighty" bannermen, House Hightower, and the greens, but chose instead to remain neutral during the war. As the war progressed, the Tyrell bannermen were split, with men of the Reach fighting on both sides.[2][3]

Ulf the White said Lyonel should be attained a traitor, since he had not taken part in the war. Ulf desired Highgarden, Lyonel's seat, for his own, however.[4]

Conquest of Dorne

Lord Lyonel fought beneath the Targaryen banner when the Young Dragon, King Daeron I Targaryen, sought to conquer Dorne. Upon his ascension in 157 AC, Daeron marched south with his armies and defeated the Dornishmen, becoming the first Targaryen king to conquer Dorne and unite all Seven Kingdoms for the first time.

Lyonel faithfully, if perhaps too boldly, commanded the army that invaded Dorne via the Prince's Pass. After the Young Dragon's initial victory, Daeron appointed Lyonel as governor of Dorne. 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. It was his custom to turn the lords of the keeps he stayed in out of their chambers and sleep in their place. One night at Sandstone, finding himself in a bed with a heavy velvet canopy, he 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. His 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.[5]


  1. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons — The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  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. The Princess and the Queen.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.