they 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.
The accused had to walk a distance of around 9 feet either by holding a red hot iron or over a red hot plough share
By combat the two parties in dispute had to fight. It was mostly done when one party was accused by the other but there were no witnesses or confessions
The Manorial Court was the lowest court of law during the medieval period. All crime
The King’s court dealt with the serious crimes such as assault, murder and treason as these crimes were considered as crimes against the King.
Different types of punishments were awarded for different types of crimes. For theft the punishment was extra work and fines or the hands of the guilty were cut off. Murderers were given the death penalty by hanging or beheading.