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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Dweeb also wants to assuage his feelings, so he elects trial by wager of battle. (11) He informs the Court that, though trial by wager of battle was abolished in England, (12) abolition was effected after the reception of English common law in Confusion, whatever the date of the reception was.
Themis replies that, no matter what the date of reception, there is no reported Confusion case in which the parties adjudicated their differences through trial by wager of battle. 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.