The prisoner pleaded successfully the old Wager of Battel.
"Over the Teacups" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Upon this, Ashford, not having accepted the wager of battel, the "appeal" was stayed, and Thornton was discharged.
"Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham" by Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Where the ordeal fails to produce the desired result, wager of battel, in reality another form of ordeal, is resorted to.
"Legal Lore" by Various
If there be less wisdom, in this new mode of practice, than in the old wager of Battel, I perceive it not.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School