|Born||In 114 AC or 115 AC|
|Died||In 143 AC or after|
|Spouse||Lady Samantha Tarly|
Lyonel Hightower was Lord of the Hightower and head of House Hightower at the end of the Dance of the Dragons and during the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen.
Dance of the Dragons
Lyonel was born to Lord Ormund Hightower and his first wife, who died in childbed at some point. He had two younger brothers, Martyn and Garmund, and a sister, Bethany. During the Dance of the Dragons, his father married again to Samantha Tarly, known as "Lady Sam".
Lyonel became Lord of the Hightower at age fifteen, after Ormund was killed at the First Battle of Tumbleton in mid-130 AC. It is said that when Lord Corlys Velaryon's peace terms were first offered to Lord Lyonel, he ripped the parchment from his maester's hand and tore it to shreds, vowing to write a reply in the Sea Snake's blood. However, his step-mother had other ideas. According to Mushroom, Samantha persuaded Lyonel to agree to the terms by allowing him to seduce her and promising to marry him if he surrendered. This was because Sam was related to both the Tarlys and Rowans, who supported the blacks of Rhaenyra Targaryen. Grand Maester Munkun believes that Lyonel accepted the terms because of the end to Tyrell neutrality, however, and his youngest brother being at Highgarden at the time.
Regency of Aegon III
Lord Lyonel announced his intention to marry his father's widow, Samantha Tarly, but the reigning High Septon forbade the union as a form of incest. However, Lyonel kept Lady Sam as his paramour for thirteen years and fathered six children on her. Lyonel and Sam attended the coronation of Aegon III Targaryen and his wedding to Queen Jaehaera Targaryen, with their presence being so great a scandal that the High Septon refused to travel with them.
Relations between the Hightowers and the Faith soured when the High Septon commanded Lady Sam to remove herself from her step-son's bed and take vows as a silent sister as penance. When she refused, he condemned her as a shameless fornicator and forbade her to set foot in the Starry Sept until she repented. Instead, Samantha famously confronted the High Septon, forcing him to relent.
Although he had taken Lady Sam as a paramour, Lyonel was considered as a potential husband for Baela Targaryen, but she instead wed Lord Alyn Velaryon of Driftmark.
Alyn Oakenfist was greeted by Lord Lyonel when Lady Baela docked at Oldtown's harbor. Alyn became a close friend of Lyonel and Sam due to the courtesy he showed Lyonel's lover.
Lord Lyonel and Lady Sam made their way to King's Landing in 136 AC when new regents for Aegon were chosen by lot.
Torrhen Manderly, the Hand of the King, planned for Aegon to visit Lyonel and Sam in Oldtown in a royal progress to mark his coming of age. Aegon cancelled the progress, however.
A new High Septon eventually reversed the position of his predecessor, allowing Lyonel to marry Sam, and by the same occasion legitimized their six chidren.
|Six children||Six daughters||Jaehaerys|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 See the Lyonel Hightower calculation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- ↑ Which bastards in Westeros were automatically legitimized once their parents married? (September 8, 2017)