This is an arrogant king. While he may be the leader of his country and his people, it takes great arrogance to presume he could know best what justice is or should be. He is concerned not at all by the consequences of the system he has established, and he feels no pangs of conscience or compunction at sending the man his daughter loves to his potential death. He's arrogant in his nonchalance and his "blandness."
Like Greek and Roman amphitheaters of the time that were intended for gladiatorial purposes, the amphitheater in this tale is intended for a brutal but absolute administration of justice. The semi-barbaric king enjoyed the spectacle of watching one who is accused deciding their own fate. Behind one gate, a beautiful wife; behind the other, certain death. The outcome of this system is essentially luck of the draw, like flipping a coin.
This historic period saw the rise of many judiciary practices that were,...
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