Trial by Combat

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W. Hodge & Company, 1890 - Dueling - 348 pages
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Page 58 - I du believe in bein' this Or thet, ez it may happen : One way or t' other hendiest is To ketch the people nappin' ; It ain't by princerples nor men My preudunt course is steadied— I scent wich pays the best, an
Page 179 - To the constable it pertaineth to have cognizance of contracts touching deeds of arms and of war out of the realm, and also of things that touch war within the realm, which cannot be determined nor discussed by the common law...
Page 159 - This hear, you justices, that I have this day neither eat, drunk, nor have upon me either bone, stone, ne glass, or any enchantment, sorcery or witchcraft, where-through the power of the Word of God might be inleased or diminished, and the devil's power increased, and that my appeal2 is true, so help me God and his saints, and by this Book.
Page 174 - ... ne stone of vertue, ne herbe of vertue, ne charme, ne experiment, ne carocte, ne othir inchauntment by the, ne for thee, by the which thou trusteth the )ģe bettir to ovircome the foreseide C.
Page 160 - Whereunto,' says the everinteresting Stow, ' the said Nailer answered that his An extra-judicial lordship might command him anychallenge. thing, but willingly he would not render the said gauntlet to Thorne except he could win it ; and further, he challenged the said Thorne to play with him half-a-score blows to shew some pastime to the lord chief-justice and the others there assembled, but Thorne answered that he came to fight and would not play. Then the lord chiefjustice, commending Nailer for...
Page 66 - It chanced that two kinsmen, Nicholas, the son of Aeon, and Geoffrey, the son of Nicholas, waged a duel about a certain piece of land, concerning which a dispute had arisen between them ; and they fought from the first to the ninth hour, each conquering by turns. Then one of them, fleeing from the other till he came to a certain little pit, as he stood on the brink of the pit, and was about 4;o fall therein, his kinsman said to him, ' Take care of the pit ; turn back, lest thou shouldest fall into...
Page 131 - I OFT have heard of Lydford law, How in the morn they hang and draw, And sit in judgment after : At first I wondered at it much ; But since I find the reason such, As it deserves no laughter.
Page 157 - So the duel ended, and the judge pronounced sentence upon the approver, whose fate Gregory piously recorded thus — ' And thenn he was confessyd ande hanggyd, of whos soule God have marcy. Amen.' The victor was set free, but the memories of that terrible hour seem to have darkened his life. He became a hermit, and ere long he died. Gregory's moving story, with its warm sympathy for the accused and its hearty detestation of the accuser, is a good index to public feeling on the subject at the time....
Page 200 - ... it was the cause of his and their discomfort ; for he poured in so much, that when he came into the place in...
Page 60 - There was a bloody combat. When Godwin had nearly gained the victory his sword broke from its hilt, and Orgar plied him hard. But managing to pick up his hiltless blade, and grasping it with two fingers, Godwin pierced Orgar in the eye, cut his head open, and so sorely wounded him that he fell. The old Scotch chronicle says that when Godwin set his foot upon his prostrate foe the treachery and perjury of Orgar were disclosed ; for though he had sworn to bear no weapons save such as became a knight,...

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