Female Trial By Combat

The next few slides I found the most interesting in the museum, because they illustrate a facet of medieval life of which I was unaware. If a woman was wronged by a man, but there were no witnesses, there was a provision for trial by combat. As one of the placards explains, the woman was given a rock, which was then bound to her hand by a scarf. The man was put in a pit and had one hand tied behind his back. Whoever won the battle was considered to be vindicated by God, and the loser was punished. This slide are the period illustrations of a battle.

						The next few slides I found the most interesting in the museum, because they illustrate a facet of medieval life of which I was unaware.
						If a woman was wronged by a man, but there were no witnesses, there was a provision for trial by combat. As one of the placards explains,
						the woman was given a rock, which was then bound to her hand by a scarf. The man was put in a pit and had one hand tied behind his back.
						Whoever won the battle was considered to be vindicated by God, and the loser was punished. This slide are the period illustrations of a battle.