Ordeal by Fire was when 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 was when Noblemen would fight in combat with their accuser. The winner of the battle would be considered to be in the right.