Don't get in Trouble in the Middle Ages. By: saletha herrell

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 red hot iron bar and hold it while they walked three or four paces. Their hand was then bandaged. After three days they had to return to the court where the bandages were removed. If the wound was beginning to heal they were innocent but if the wound showed no sign of healing then they were pronounced Guilty.

Ordeal by Combat

Noblemen would fight (usually to the death) in combat with their accuser. The winner of the battle would be considered to be in the right.


The punishment was extra work and fines or the hands of the guilty were cut off.


Death penalty by hanging or beheading.


Strangulation whereas in case of serious offenses witches were also burned at stake.


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