"At the Trident, Dorne lost 10,000 men and two princes: my uncle in the Kingsguard, and Elia's gallant husband, Prince Rhaegar, who was too slow or too arrogant for Robert's warhammer."
Oberyn Martell[src]

Prince Lewyn Martell was a knight in the Kingsguard of King Aerys II Targaryen, who came to be known as "the Mad King".[1][2][3]



Prince Lewyn Martell was the uncle of Prince Doran, Princess Elia, and Prince Oberyn Martell. A younger son, he joined the elite Kingsguard, forswearing any claim to land and title.

His niece Elia wed the Prince of Dragonstone, Rhaegar Targaryen, with whom the Martells shared blood due to intermarriage a century earlier,[4] and bore him two children.[2][4] However, Rhaegar later allegedly abducted Lyanna Stark, a false tale that led to the execution of Rickard and Brandon Stark, Lyanna's father and brother, and ignited Robert's Rebellion.[2][3]

Even though Rhaegar dishonored his niece by running off with Lyanna, Prince Lewyn kept his oath and followed Rhaegar as he rode to face the rebel army led by Robert Baratheon at the climactic Battle of the Trident. Lewyn perished in the battle, along with Rhaegar and thousands of other Dornishmen.[2][3]

Family Tree

Ruling Princess Martell of Dorne
Consort of the Princess of Dorne
Lewyn Martell familytree
Lewyn Martell Kingsguard-Main-Shield
Doran Martell family tree
Doran Martell
Mellario of Norvos
Elia Martell
Rhaegar Targaryen House-Targaryen-Main-Shield
Unknown tree
Various women
Oberyn Martell
Ellaria Sand
of House Uller
Mother of 4 or 5 Sand Snakes
Trystane Martell family tree
Trystane Martell
Rhaenys tree
Rhaenys Targaryen House-Targaryen-Main-Shield
Aegon Targaryen
Obara Sand familytree
Obara Sand
Nymeria Sand familytree
Nymeria Sand
One or two other Sand Snakes
Tyene Sand familytree
Tyene Sand
Three or four younger Sand Snakes

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Lewyn Martell is remembered fondly by his family as a kind man who loved his extended family. The Kingsguard are forbidden to marry or even to love, and in the past several have been severely punished even for having sexual affairs. As per the customs of Dorne, however, Prince Lewyn continued to secretly keep a paramour. Ser Barristan and the other Kingsguard were aware of it but kept his secret, as he did not let it interfere with his duty.

Lewyn joined the Kingsguard in part because he was the younger sibling in his generation of House Martell. He was actually the eldest son, but rule passed to his older sister (mother of Doran, Elia, and Oberyn) due to Dorne's gender-blind inheritance laws, different from the rest of the Seven Kingdoms.

At the Battle of the Trident, Prince Lewyn led the large Dornish contingent (10,000 men strong) which threatened to break Robert Baratheon's left flank. During the fighting he became badly wounded, however, and in the confusion Ser Lyn Corbray led a counter-charge by the rebels, in which he personally dueled and killed Lewyn Martell. The vain and arrogant Ser Lyn would in later years boast about how he had personally defeated Prince Lewyn, though in reality Prince Lewyn was already very badly wounded (perhaps mortally so) and Corbray simply finished him off.

See also


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Lord: Heir:
Seat: Sunspear Lands: Dorne
Title(s): Prince of Dorne · Lord of Sunspear
Ancestors:Princess Nymeria · Prince Mors Martell · Daughter of Mors · Princess Meria Martell · Prince Nymor Martell · Prince Maron Martell · Princess Daenerys Martell · Queen Myriah Martell
Current members:Ellaria Sand · Sarella Sand · Elia Sand · Obella Sand · Dorea Sand · Loreza Sand
Deceased members:Prince Lewyn Martell · Princess Elia Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell · Prince Doran Martell · Prince Trystane Martell · Obara Sand · Nymeria Sand · Tyene Sand
Household:{Areo Hotah} · {Caleotte}
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing