Trial by ordeal was an ancient judicial practice by which the guilt or innocence of the accused was determined by subjecting them to a painful or at least an unpleasant usually dangerous experience the test was one of life or death and the proof of innocence was survival trial by fire and water the medieval judicial ordeal . In trial by ordeal the accused was subjected to some harsh test holding hot iron being cast into a pool of water with guilt or innocence decided according to the outcome. In trial by ordeal the accused was subjected to some harsh test holding hot iron being cast into a pool of water with guilt or innocence decided according to the outcome although a strange and alien custom trial by ordeal has been an important legal procedure in many regions and periods. Although seemingly bizarre and barbaric in modern times trial by ordeal the subjection of the accused to undergo harsh tests such as walking over hot irons or being bound and cast into water played an integral and often staggeringly effective role in justice systems for centuries. In trial by fire and water robert bartlett examines the workings of trial by ordeal from the time of its first appearance in the barbarian law codes tracing its use by christian societies down to its last days as a test for witchcraft in modern europe and america
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