Medieval Torture

Trial by Jury

The manorial court dealt with all of the crimes but the serious ones. 10 men would be in charge of making sure that none of them broke the law and if they did they had to make sure that they all went to court. The jury would decide what the punishment should be.

Trial by Ordeal

The King’s court handled the serious crimes that were seen as crimes against the king. The accused would face a trial by ordeal which was very unpleasant.

Ordeal by Water

The accused had their hands and feet tied together. They were then thrown into water. If they floated they were guilty but if they sank they were innocent.

Ordeal by Fire

The accused had to pick up a hot iron bar and walk a few paces with it. They would then bandage it. After three days they would return back to the court and if it looked like it was healing they were innocent, if not, the were guilty.

Ordeal by Combat

Nobleman would fight in combat with their accuser and whoever won was in the right.

Catherine's Wheel

The accused would be publicly executed by getting all of their bones broken on a spinning wheel until they died.


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