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
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)
Fire & Blood (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.


Lyonel was a faithful and bold commander.[1]


The Dance of the Dragons

Lord Lyonel[2][3] 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.[4] 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. As the war progressed, the Tyrell bannermen were split, with men of the Reach fighting on both sides.[4]

Desiring Highgarden for himself, Ser Ulf White declared that the Tyrells should be attainted as traitors for not taking part in the war.[5] Ulf was poisoned after the Second Battle of Tumbleton, however.[6]

Conquest of Dorne

Upon his ascension in 157 AC, King Daeron I Targaryen marched south with his armies. Lord Lyonel led an army on behalf of Daeron in the conquest of Dorne and won the Prince's Pass. The Young Dragon accomplished the Submission of Sunspear in 158 AC, becoming the first Targaryen king to conquer the land and unite all Seven Kingdoms for the first time. When Daeron returned to King's Landing in 159 AC, he left Lord Tyrell behind to keep peace in Dorne.[7]

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. Lord Qorgyle aided Lyonel in suppressing one of the more notorious rebels.[7]

It was Lyonel's custom to turn the lords of the keeps he stayed in out of their chambers and sleep in their place. One night at Sandstone with the Qorgyles, finding himself in a bed with a heavy velvet canopy, Lyonel 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. According to Red Sands by Maester Gareth, Lyonel's murder was arranged by Lord Qorgyle. It is disputed whether this was done because Lord Qorgyle felt unappreciated for his aid against rebels, or if the Qorgyles had been manipulating Lord Tyrell into trusting them from the beginning of the rebellion.[7]

Lord Tyrell's 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.[7]


  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: House Tyrell.
  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. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  5. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.