Trials by Ordeals 3D diaramaPosted: November 16, 2011
In medieval England the sheriffs had the authority to release or hold criminals. Some sheriffs used the bail money for their own gain the statue called Westminster (1275)stopped the sheriffs from using the bail for themselves although the sheriffs, still had authority to let people out with bail. The statue represents the crimes that people commit if it is possible to bail or not.
Trial by Cold Water: The defendant must drink a bit of holy water then be thrown in a pool of water if the water ‘accepted’ her as pure which means she sunk to the bottom then she was innocent, but if she floated she was considered guilty. Modern myth is left to believe that the person would drown but records say that the court officials normally did not let this happen.
Trial by Hot Iron: The accused person would be required to carry a bag of iron after being heated over a fire that would weigh one pound. The defendant would carry the bag nine feet, depending on the length of their foot; this means that if the person had a small foot they would carry the bag a shorter length. If this crime was very serious, like if the defendant killed a person in cold blood, or betray there lord, the weight of the iron would be doubled or even tripled instead of one.
Trial by Hot Water: Boiling water would be put into a big laundry cauldron. Then throw a stone into the bottom the accused would have to retrieve the stone with their bare arm to prove they were innocent. In serious cases the accused would have to put their bare arm in up to the elbow.
If the charged was a priest he would be faced with a special trial by ordeal called Trial by host
Trial by host: When a priest goes before God in front of the altar and prays aloud that God would chock him if he were not telling the truth. The priest would take a bite out of the host and if he shows any sign of choking then he is found guilty chocked by super natural power if not then he is found innocent saved by supernatural power.
So in conclusion there was only one that you could die from and some people are not certain of this.