What is BATTEL, WAGER OF?

In old English law. A form of trial anciently used in military cases, arising in the court of chivalry and honor, in appeals of felony, in criminal cases, and in the obsolete real action called a “writ of action.” The question at issue was decided by the result of a personal combat between the parties, or, in the case of a writ of right, between their champions.

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