A form of trial by which someone’s guilt or innocence was decided by personal combat between the parties or their champions.
- Lord Morley appears to have risen to repeat the accusation against Salisbury and the latter to have defied him to prove it by wager of battle.
- In this trial, one of the contending parties issued a wager of battle, or challenge.
- As the concept of summary execution and wager of battle became incompatible with emerging societal values, the law changed.
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