Wager of battle


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see ordealordeal,
ancient legal custom whereby an accused person was required to perform a test, the outcome of which decided the person's guilt or innocence. By an ordeal, appeal was made to divine authority to decide the guilt or innocence of one accused of a crime or to choose between
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A century and a half without even one trial by wager of battle proves that it is not part of the common law of Confusion.
The Court pronounces the ex-cathedra conclusion of law that trial by wager of battle was not received as the common law of Confusion.
Dweeb adds that the statute of abolition was repealed in England, (15) and that restored the status of trial by wager of battle in England to the legal status quo ante its statutory abolition.