Lord of Harrenhal|
Master of laws
Hand of the King
|Born||In or before 78 AC|
|Died||In 120 AC, Harrenhal|
Alys Rivers (allegedly)
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
|Played by||Gavin Spokes|
|TV series||House of the Dragon: Season 1|
Appearance and Character
Lyonel was a large, balding man who had a reputation as a battler. He was slow of speech and quiet and was often mistaken for a brute. He was in reality extremely intelligent and well learned, however.
In 105 AC, Lyonel came to court with his four children - Ser Harwin, Larys and two unnamed daughters - to serve as master of laws for King Viserys I Targaryen. He later replaced Ser Otto Hightower, as Hand of the King, when Otto was removed from office in 109 AC.
In 111 AC, when the allegation that Prince Daemon Targaryen had taken Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen's maidenhead came before the small council, Lord Lyonel's counsel to Viserys was that Daemon should be executed for treason. Septon Eustace, however, reminded the council about the taint of kinslaying, and Daemon was exiled instead.
In 120 AC when Lyonel's son, Ser Harwin, was removed as Princess Rhaenyra's sworn shield, Lyonel left the court at King's Landing to accompany him on his return to Harrenhal. He died in a fire at Harrenhal with his eldest son and heir that same year. The fire was considered an accident and blamed on the curse of Harrenhal. Other non-mystical suspects included Prince Daemon, Lord Corlys Velaryon, Lyonel's younger son Larys, who inherited Harrenhal, and King Viserys I.
—Viserys I Targaryen about Lyonel
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