History of Duel – Why the European Nobles Fought

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Kings and Generals’ historical animated documentary series on medieval history continues with a video on history of Judicial duel in Europe. We see how it progressed starting with the Germanic states during the fall of the Western Roman Empire and talk about rules around trial by combat, how it connected with the legal rules, religion and feudalism and talk about the events of the movie Last Duel and historical reality behind it

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Art and animation: Haley Castel Branco
Narration: Officially Devin (
Script: Johan Melhus

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  1. To be fair considering the religious norms of the time, the ‘God favours the right’ point probably sunk into a lot of knights heads and affected their game. The logic was probably more accurate than expected 😂

  2. if i were a judge for a duel i'd give the combatants a goose and a chicken as weapons just to mess with them..
    prolly they'll feel so baffled or incredulous the guilty party would confess

  3. Theoretically, we could still have trials by combat, but only under very narrow circumstances. If the wronged parties are justifiably confident in their fighting ability against each other and both agree, too little concrete evidence to determine guilt in either direction by other means, the nature of the offense is personal and not tangentially affecting several additional parties.


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