A Brief History of Trials by Ordeal and Combat

“If God is just, you’ll be fine!” they said

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The lack of sophisticated forensic methods led to a lot of “he-said-she-said” situations in History’s earliest judicial proceedings.

With only the words of the parties usually bearing equal weight, a common tie-breaker in determining guilt were trials by ordeal and combat. The said…

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