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If you watched an early medieval trial, you would recognize the swearing of oaths on a sacred object and the questioning of witnesses, but if the judge believed in trial by ordeal with hot irons or boiling water, you might find the rest of the process problematic, to say the least.

Today, author, attorney, and my friend Susan Spann hosts my post about early medieval trials. Please visit Spann of Time for more.

Ordeal of boiling water

Ordeal of boiling water, illustration from a 14th century manuscript, (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons).