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

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.




Laws of King Alfred the Great, A.D. Cir. 890, Cap. 38

If a man fight before a king’s ealdorman in the ‘gemot,’ let him make ‘bot’ with ‘wer’ and ‘wite,’ as it may be right; and before this, cxx. shillings to the ealdorman as ‘wite.’ If he disturb the folkmote by drawing his weapon, cxx. shillings to the ealdorman as ‘ wite.’ If aught of this happen before a king’s ealdorman’s junior, or a king’s priest, xxx. shillings as ‘wite.




Laws of King Alfred the Great, A.D. Cir. 890, Cap. 7

If any man fight in the king’s hall, or draw his weapon, and he be taken; be it in the king’s doom, either death or life, as he may be willing to grant him. If he escape, and be taken again, let him pay for himself according to his wer-gild, and make a bot for the offense, as well wer as wite, according as he may have wrought.