trial by battle


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trial by battle

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trial by combat

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(Historical Terms) history a method of trying an accused person or of settling a dispute by a personal fight between the two parties involved or, in some circumstances, their permitted champions, in the presence of a judge. It was introduced to England after the Norman Conquest and abolished in 1819
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Sansa managed to escape, while Tyrion was found guilty after he chose trial by battle.
When was trial by battle abolished by statute in the UK?
These came in the form of ordeal by water or iron, extant from Anglo-Saxon times, and trial by battle, the former being the standard test for women, the latter for men.