Trial by combat


Trial by combat
[trial by battle]
An aspect of Norman law brought to England by the Conquest of 1066. It was believed that right would always triumph, even in physical contests. The practice had largely died out by the late 13c, though examples can be found as late as the 15c. -

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  • trial by battle — or trial by combat : a trial of a dispute formerly determined by the outcome of a personal battle or combat between the parties or in an issue joined upon a writ of right between their champions called also judicial combat, wager of battle * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Trial by duel — Duel Du el, n. [It. duello, fr. L. duellum, orig., a contest between two, which passed into the common form bellum war, fr. duo two: cf. F. duel. See {Bellicose}, {Two}, and cf. {Duello}.] A combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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