Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day
- Loras Tyrell (champion)
- Loras Tyrell defeated Jaime Lannister.
- Loras Tyrell defeated Hosteen Frey.
- A hedge knight defeated Danwell Frey.
- An unknown contestant defeated Perwyn Frey.
- Lord Yohn Royce defeated Thoros of Myr.
- A couple of Lord Walder Frey's bastards participated in the melee.
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. 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. While the singer Marillion had won silver earlier in the tourney, he lost it all by betting on the Kingslayer. King Robert I Baratheon won a Valyrian steel dagger, which according to a semi-canon source had belonged to Lord Petyr Baelish.
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.
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.
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. Tyrion later denies Petyr's story, insisting he would never bet against his family.
A Clash of Kings
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.
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.
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.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Petyr Baelish.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 31, Tyrion IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 76, Jon XI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.