One of the most remarkable wagers of battel occurred in 1817.
It is that he may have speech with you, alone, in the castle of battel this night.
All else are extras, and are included in “sizings” in Cambridge; in Oxford the term is “to battel.”
When this battel was ended, the king wanted of all his numbers but thrée hundred, which were slaine at that conflict.
This fight did last from breake of day, Till setting of the sun; For when they rang the evening-bell, The battel scarce was done.
For if they be not almost sure to win the battel, they had rather not fight, than run any hazzard of loosing it.
The ordering of their battel is with great security, there being very few lost in Fight.
No names are believed to be in this “battel Roll,” which are not fully entitled to the distinction.
Legal arguments followed, and the trial by battel was eventually postponed indefinitely.
This truth is extremely obvious in the old black-letter lawbooks on the subject of "trial by battel."