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Trial by combat

Trial by combat, medieval method of settling disagreements. According to its tenets, the two disputing parties fought hand-to-hand combat, the belief being that God would intervene on behalf of the just participant. Nobles, women, and priests were usually represented by substitute fighters. Eventually the method was replaced by trial by jury.

See also: Divination.

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