Wyl of Wyl

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Wyl of Wyl

Alias Widow-lover
Title Wyl of Wyl
Lord of Wyl
Allegiance House Wyl
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

The Wyl of Wyl, also known as the Widow-lover, was the Lord of Wyl and head of House Wyl during the reign of Aegon the Conquerer. His given name is not mentioned by Maester Yandel. He had at least one son, Walter Wyl.[1][2]


In the First Dornish War, Lord Wyl ambushed the forces of Lord Orys Baratheon as they tried to assault the Boneway. The cunning Dornishmen launched a night raid, raining rocks, arrows and spears from above. In the end, the Boneway was blocked both before and behind, and Orys Baratheon was captured by the Wyl of Wyl.[1]

Orys Baratheon remained the Wyl's captive for years, until the Targaryens ransomed him and his men back in 7 AC for each man's weight in gold. When the captives were freed, however, the Wyl had their sword hands chopped off so they could not be used again against Dorne. It is said that, after the release of Orys and the other lords, the war entered a new stage, as King Aegon I Targaryen was by now intent on revenge.[1]

According to Maester Yandel, the Wyl of Wyl committed infamous deeds which are still remembered in Fawnton and Old Oak, though the maester does not go into detail.[1] Gyldayn, however, does detail in his Fire and Blood that the Widow-lover turned up uninvited to the wedding of Jon Cafferen and Alys Oakheart, daughter of Lord Oakheart, admitted through the postern gate by a treacherous servant. The Wyl of Wyl and his men murdered Lord Oakheart and most of the guests, forced Alys to watch as Jon Cafferen was castrated. Alys and her handmaids were then raped by the Wyl and his men and then sold off to a Myrish slaver. This wsa the most infamous act of the First Dornish War.[3]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  3. Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.