Trial by combat

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The Trial by combat is method to settle accusations, in which two parties in dispute fought in single combat to the death.



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A Trial by Combat:

A Trial of Seven is a specific, very rare form of trial by combat.

List of known Trials by combat

The Hedge Knight

Due to several unfortunate circumstances, the Ashford Tourney becomes the arena of a Trial of Seven, with tragic results.

A Game of Thrones

Tyrion Lannister requests trial by combat, when accused by Lady Lysa Arryn of the murder of Lord Jon Arryn, and attempted murder of Bran Stark. The trial took place at the Eyrie. Bronn championed for Tyrion Lannister and Ser Vardis Egen, captain of the Arryn guard, championed for Lady Lysa’s.[3] Bronn won and Tyrion was released.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Jaime Lannister tells Catelyn Stark that Ned's father, Rickard, demanded a trial by combat when called to answer for his son Brandon's crimes. Aerys declared that the Targaryen champion was fire and to prove his innocence, all Rickard had to do was not burn. King Joffrey Baratheon often rules that disputes should be resolved by trial by combat, usually to the death.[5][6][7]

A Storm of Swords

Sandor Clegane is accused of murdering Mycah. Ser Beric Dondarrion decides to judge him by combat and loses,[8] therefore decreeing Sandor innocent of that crime.

When Tyrion Lannister is accused in the murder of King Joffrey Baratheon, Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell offers to be his champion in Trial by Combat. His opponent, representing the accuser Cersei Lannister, is Ser Gregor Clegane.[9]

A Feast for Crows

The accusations directed towards Margaery Tyrell and Cersei Lannister make both consider demanding trial by combat. Their status as Queens makes it necessary for both to choose from the Kingsguard members, at a time when their ranks are seriously depleted. Cersei writes a letter to Jaime asking him to be her champion.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

After learning of Jaime's disappearance, Cersei must choose a new champion from the Kingsguard for her trial by combat.[11] Ser Robert Strong is the eventual choice.[12][13]

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"The gods know the truth of my innocence. I will have their verdict, not the judgment of men. I demand trial by combat."
Tyrion Lannister

Lady Lysa's face was flushed with fury. "The gods have seen fit to proclaim him innocent, child. We have no choice but to free him."

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