Don't Get in Trouble in the Middle Ages By molly bahr

Ordeal by Fire: the criminal had to pick up a red hot iron bar and walk three of four paces, the burn was bandaged, after three days they had to go to court and if they wound was healing they were innocent, guilty if there was no healing.

Ordeal by combat: Noblemen would fight to death with their accuser, the winner was considered to be “in the right”

King’s court (trial by ordeal): Serious crimes were heard by the King’s court, the accused faced a trial by ordeal to decide if they were guilty or not

Manorial court (trial by jury):A jury of twelve men was chosen by villagers, the jury collected evidence and decided if the accused was guilty or not, and decided what the punishment would be if they were guilty.

Catherine's wheel- was a form of torture and execution where the victim was placed on a cart-wheel and his limbs stretched out along the spokes. The wheel was made to slowly revolve, and the man's bones broken with blows of an iron bar.

Stocks: The criminal sat on a wooden bench with his ankles, sometimes his wrists or even neck, through holes in movable boards. Punishment in the stocks generally lasted for at least several hours.


Created with images by Hans - "torture chair instrument of torture middle ages" • Stones - "fire flame wood fire" • DVIDSHUB - "Knife Fighting" • Activedia - "law justice court" • brittanylynae - "Supreme Court" • Kaja.A - "jury"

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