"A king should always stand by his word."
when king conrad III laid siege to the city of Weinsberg, Germany the inhabitants of the city knew that fighting to the last man was their only way.
that was until the king offered the rebel city a deal: clemency and safe passage out to all the women in the city, plus they were allowed to leave with all they could carry on their shoulders.
naturally, the women left carrying their husbands.
the amused king pardoned the rebel men for what is the essence of king if not his word?