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.
A Trial by Combat:
- May be requested at any point before or during a trial.
- May be advised against, but even sovereign Lords and members of the Royal Family rarely even consider denying such a request outright.
- May be converted into a Trial of Seven if the accuser (or, presumably, the accused) so demands. Available evidence suggests that this request, too, can't be denied without severe political consequences. In any case, Trials of Seven are exceedingly rare, happening perhaps less often than once in a century.
- May be fought by the parties themselves, but it is not unusual for either or both parties to choose champions to fight in their stead.
- Ends when either party yields or is killed; or when the accuser takes back his accusation; or (presumably) when the accused declares himself guilty.
A Trial of Seven is a specific, very rare form of trial by combat.
List of known Trials by combat
The Hedge Knight
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. Bronn won and Tyrion was released.
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.
A Storm of Swords
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.
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.
A Dance with Dragons
|“||"The gods know the truth of my innocence. I will have their verdict, not the judgment of men. I demand trial by combat."||”|
|“||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."||”|
References and Sources
- ↑ The Hedge Knight
- ↑ The Hedge Knight
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 67, Sansa.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei, pages 726-727.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei, page 849.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue, pages 949-950.