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Learn how and when to remove this template message The ordeal of cold water has a precedent in the Code of Ur-Nammu and the Code of Hammurabi , under which a man accused of sorcery was to be submerged in a stream and acquitted if he survived.

The practice was also set out in Frankish law but was abolished by Louis the Pious in The practice reappeared in the Late Middle Ages : in the Dreieicher Wildbann of , a man accused of poaching was to be submerged in a barrel three times and to be considered innocent if he sank, and guilty if he floated. Witch-hunts[ edit ] Ordeal by water was later associated with the witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries, although in this scenario the outcome was an accused who sank was considered innocent, while floating indicated witchcraft.

Demonologists developed inventive new theories about how it worked. Jacob Rickius claimed that they were supernaturally light and recommended weighing them as an alternative to dunking them; this procedure and its status as an alternative to dunking were parodied in the British film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

A witch trial including this ordeal took place in Szeged , Hungary as late as God did not have to intervene to make the accused sink or float.

As with judicial duels, and unlike most other ordeals, the accuser had to undergo the ordeal together with the accused. They stood on either side of a cross and stretched out their hands horizontally.

The one to first lower his arms lost. This ordeal was prescribed by Charlemagne in and again in A capitulary of Louis the Pious in [19] and a decree of Lothar I , recorded in , abolished the ordeal so as to avoid the mockery of Christ.

Main articles: Corsned and Ordeal of the bitter water Franconian law prescribed that an accused was to be given dry bread and cheese blessed by a priest.

If he choked on the food, he was considered guilty. It was believed that if the oath had been false, the person would die within the same year. They are designed to be harmless and merciful. Numbers —27 prescribes that a woman suspected of adultery—one called a Sotah in later commentaries—should be made to swallow "the bitter water that causeth the curse" by the priest in order to determine her guilt.

One writer has recently argued that the procedure has a rational basis, envisioning punishment only upon clear proof of pregnancy a swelling belly or venereal disease a rotting thigh unless of course the woman was impregnated by her own husband; and of course even historical people were well aware that pregnancy would manifest itself in a very obvious fashion without bothering with rituals and drinking of special potions.

Other scholars think an abortifacient a more likely explanation; if the holy water causes miscarriage, it is proof of guilt. A defendant who vomited up the bean was innocent. A defendant who became ill or died was considered guilty. In the s, ingestion of the poisonous nut caused about 1, deaths annually. This average rose to around 3, annual deaths between and Peach pits contain amygdalin , which is metabolized into cyanide.

In one version, the accused parties are ordered to retrieve an item from a container of boiling oil, with those who refuse the task being found guilty. The laws of Canute distinguish between "men of good repute" who were able to clear themselves by their own oath, "untrustworthy men" who required compurgators , and untrustworthy men who cannot find compurgators who must go to the ordeal.

One of the laws of Ethelred the Unready declared that untrustworthy men were to be sent to the triple ordeal, that is, an ordeal of hot iron where the iron is three times heavier than that used in the simple ordeal, unless his lord and two other knights swear that he has not been accused of a crime recently, in which case he would be sent to an ordinary ordeal of hot iron.

Those accused fama publica were able to exculpate themselves by means of compurgation, whereas those accused on the basis of specific facts and those who were thought to have bad character were made to undergo the ordeal.

These bodies rendered "verdicts" of either suspected or not suspected. In cases where the defendant was accused on the basis of one or more specific facts, the defendant was sent to the ordeal upon the verdict of the hundred jury alone. The English plea rolls contain no cases of trial by ordeal after , when Henry III recognized its abolition. From the twelfth century, the ordeals started to be generally disapproved and they were discontinued during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

However, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries some kinds of ordeals were once again used in witch-hunts , although these were actually intended more as a physical test of whether the accused would float, rather than an ordeal invoking divine intervention to prove or disprove guilt, i. Therefore, the theory goes, church and judicial authorities could routinely rig ordeals so that the participants—presumably innocent—could pass them.

He also points to the overall high exoneration rate of accused persons undergoing the ordeal, when intuitively one would expect a very high proportion of people carrying a red hot iron to be badly burned and thus fail the ordeal.

In a world where "the sacred penetrated into the chinks of the profane and vice-versa" the ordeal was a "controlled miracle" that served as a point of consensus when one of the greatest dangers to the community was feud.

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Learn how and when to remove this template message The ordeal of cold water has a precedent in the Code of Ur-Nammu and the Code of Hammurabi , under which a man accused of sorcery was to be submerged in a stream and acquitted if he survived. The practice was also set out in Frankish law but was abolished by Louis the Pious in The practice reappeared in the Late Middle Ages : in the Dreieicher Wildbann of , a man accused of poaching was to be submerged in a barrel three times and to be considered innocent if he sank, and guilty if he floated. Witch-hunts[ edit ] Ordeal by water was later associated with the witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries, although in this scenario the outcome was an accused who sank was considered innocent, while floating indicated witchcraft. Demonologists developed inventive new theories about how it worked.

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