The Laws of the Earliest English Kings, Laws of King Alfred the Great: cap. 36

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  • 890

It is moreover decreed: if a man have a spear over his shoulder, and any man stake himself upon it, that he pay the 'wer' without the 'wite.' if he stake himself before his face let him pay the 'wer.' If he be accused of wilfulness in the deed, let him clear himself according to the 'wite;' and with that let the 'wite' abate. And let this be if the point be three fingers higher than the hindmost part of the shaft; if they be both on a level, the point and hindmost part of the shaft, let that be without danger.