Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day

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The tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day[1][2][3] was held in King's Landing to celebrate the twelfth name day of the crown prince, Joffrey Baratheon, in 298 AC.




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Bringing to King's Landing a retinue from the westerlands, Lord Tywin Lannister hoped his son, Ser Jaime of the Kingsguard, would be the tourney's champion.[2] Half the court bet on Jaime, but he was unhorsed by Ser Loras Tyrell. Jaime lost a hundred golden dragons, and his sister, Queen Cersei Lannister, lost an emerald pendant which was later returned.[1] While the singer Marillion had won silver earlier in the tourney, he lost it all by betting on the Kingslayer.[6] King Robert I Baratheon won a Valyrian steel dagger,[3] which according to a semi-canon source had belonged to Lord Petyr Baelish.[7]

Lord Walder Frey went to King's Landing to see his sons ride in the tourney, but he was disappointed in the results. Walder also spoke with Lord Jon Arryn and his wife, Lysa, and proposed that they foster two of Walder's grandsons at court, while Walder would take their own son, Robert Arryn, to ward at the Twins. Jon refused Walder, however, and told him that Robert was going to be fostered at Dragonstone by Lord Stannis Baratheon. Upon learning this fact, Lysa stormed off without a word.[4]

When Tywin returned to Casterly Rock after the tourney, he was accompanied by his daughter, Cersei, and her children, Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen Baratheon. Lord Arryn died while the queen was away from court.[2]

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A Game of Thrones

Lord Petyr Baelish tells Catelyn Stark that by betting on Ser Jaime Lannister he lost a Valyrian steel dagger with a dragonbone hilt to Tyrion Lannister, who had bet on Ser Loras Tyrell instead of his brother, Jaime.[1] Tyrion later denies Petyr's story, insisting he would never bet against his family.[8]

Lord Walder Frey tells Catelyn that Lysa Arryn was angry at Lord Jon Arryn's intention to foster their son, Robert, with Stannis Baratheon.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Drinking in an inn on Dragonstone, Ser Davos Seaworth recalls having attended the tourney with Stannis.[5]

Jaime, imprisoned during the War of the Five Kings, insists to Catelyn that Tyrion has always backed him in the lists.[3]

A Storm of Swords

Jaime determines that Joffrey Baratheon stole the Valyrian steel dagger won by King Robert I Baratheon during the tourney. Joffrey then gave it to the catspaw who tried to assassinate Bran Stark.[9][10]

Sansa Stark learns that within a fortnight after the tourney, Lysa poisoned her husband, Jon Arryn, with the tears of Lys, a poison that leaves no traces, in an attempt to keep her son Robert by her side. Lysa was convinced to do this by Petyr, her childhood friend and lover, who seized the opportunity to get Jon out of the way.[11]


As I was saying before we were so rudely interrupted, there is a serious flaw in Littlefinger's fable. Whatever you may believe of me, Lady Stark, I promise you this — I never bet against my family.[8]