Wager of battle

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But the wager of battle is complete, even according to the fantastic fashions of Norman chivalry Is it not, Father Aymer?''
* In "Accepting the Wager of Battle," he argues that the eighteenth-century concept had nothing to do with Clausewitzian concepts of battle or with the culture of dueling, but rather with the minds of eighteenth-century kings--a battle could gain or lose a kingdom.
The adversarial system should be rethought, because this throwback to the medieval mode of trial by combat, also called wager of battle and judicial duel, no longer can be justified in a time when the public interest and the general welfare must be served.