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Behind the scenes
- "He's Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal."
In the books
Lyonel Strong was a large, balding man with a reputation as a battler. Though he was slow of speech and quiet and frquently mistaken for a brute, he was actually extremely intelligent and well-learned due his six years of study at the Citadel, from which he grew very knowledgable of law. He was married three times and sired two daughters in addition to his sons Harwin and Larys, though Grand Maester Munkun and Septon Eustace claim that he also fathered a bastard daughter, Alys Rivers. Lyonel's third wife was already dead by the time he enters the narrative, and none of his wives were identified by name - nor was it specified if his two sons and two daughters were all born to the same wife out of the three.
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He was appointed as Master of Laws by King Viserys I Targaryen in 105 AC. Four years later, he replaced Ser Otto Hightower as Hand of the King when the latter was removed from office. An allegation was brought before the Small council that Prince Daemon Targaryen had taken the maidenhead of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Lord Lyonel advised King Viserys to have Daemon executed for treason. Daemon was instead exiled when Septon Eustace reminded the council of the sin of kinslaying.
Lord Lyonel died alongside his eldest son and heir Ser Harwyn at Harrenhal from a fire of unknown origin. Some suspected it to be the result of a curse upon the castle, while other suspects included Daemon, Lord Corlys Velaryon, Lyonel's younger son Larys and King Viserys.
|Lord:||Lyonel Strong||Heir:||Harwin Strong|
|Titles:||Lord of Harrenhal|
|Current members:||Larys Strong|
The small council
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