And B. (that is, the one appealed as principal) comes and denies all felony and  breach of the king's peace and whatsoever is against the king's peace, and the  death, and everything put forward against him (the whole, word for word exactly  as it is propounded against him). He will then have the choice of putting himself  on the country or of defending himself by his body, by saying, if he chooses the  country, and that he is not guilty thereof he puts himself on the country for good  and ill, or that he is ready to defend himself against him by his body as the king's  court decides. If by his body, the justice ought first to examine the nature of the  deed (unless it is self-evident and criminal) which is1 the cause of the appeal, in  order to decide whether the duel may be joined between them. For it may be so  trivial that no appeal will lie, as where it is a slight trespass or a simple injuria.2 He  ought also to examine the words by which the appeal was3 made, whether in the  [king's] court or in county courts, and how the appellee has answered the appeal and  how he wished to defend himself, by his body of by the country. 4If he simply says  that he wishes to defend himself as the court of the lord king decides, unless he says  more he will be without defence, because it is not for the king's court to show him  how he ought to make his defence. And so if he says, I am ready to make my  defence either by my body or by the country as the king's court decides, because  the king's court ought not to compel him to one rather than the other, nor to impose  his form of defence on him in any way, since the choice is his own [and] 5it is evident  that he thereby deprives himself of the choice.67If he is unwilling to adopt either he  will remain undefended and quasi-convicted.8 He must therefore adopt one, but  when he has chosen the country it will not be in his power [to choose] which persons,9  [but in that of the judge,] though for certain reasons he may refuse certain persons,  [nor] which country, as where he chooses the country10 of his birth and has committed  the wrong elsewhere, outside it, for one may be law-abiding in the district  of his birth and the opposite elsewhere.
Where he wishes to avoid the duel on the ground that he is over age.
 Though he has chosen to make his defence by his body he may avoid the duel on  the ground that he is over age,