Character profile for Tywin Lannister from A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) (page 1)
Tyrion Lannister's confession & his demand of 'Trial by Combat' in the Vale - Game of Thrones S01E06
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Trial by combat or trial by battle Westerosi custom and method of law and justice used to determine the guilt or innocence of a person. A trial by combat is usually fought between two people, although a variation known as a trial of seven exists as well. When a person is accused of a crime, especially when he or she is highborn, that person cannot be denied a trial where the highest ranking lord or lords sit in judgement. When the person who stands accused is a member of the royal family, their champion has to be a knight of the Kingsguard. In rare instances, for example when one person is accused of a crime by multiple people, a trial of seven can be requested. In this ancient form of a trial by combat, seven champions fight on each side as the Andals believed that doing so would make the gods feel honored and make them more likely to interfere and ensure that a just result is achieved. The trial by combat originates from the Andals in Essos.
Second trial by combat of Tyrion Lannister
Martin , and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. - In response to the biased trial that Tyrion Lannister is put on for the assassination of King Joffrey Baratheon , he demands trial by combat in a final attempt to stay alive and a free man. Tyrion is later put on trial with the newly-crowned King Tommen Baratheon declaring himself unfit to sit in judgment and giving the responsibility to three judges: Tywin Lannister , Hand of the King and Protector of the Realm , as presiding judge, Lord Mace Tyrell of the Reach , and Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.
Tyrion is ultimately acquitted after a trial by combat in which Bronn champions for him. In retaliation for Tyrion's kidnapping, his father Tywin Lannister invades the Riverlands , effectively triggering war with the Starks and Tullys. Catelyn Stark and Ser Rodrik Cassel are also there while traveling back to Winterfell after visiting King's Landing to inform Eddard Stark of the attempted assassination of Bran Stark while Bran was recuperating from being pushed out of a window. While in King's Landing, Petyr Baelish informs Catelyn that the dagger found on the assassin had once belonged to him but he had lost it in a bet to Tyrion. Tyrion is stunned by the charge and denies it. Catelyn then invokes the name of her father, Hoster Tully , who rules the Riverlands, and calls on several of her father's bannermen in the inn to help take Tyrion into custody.