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August 20, 2019 05:32PM
Trial by ordeal was revived during the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries. The swimming test or dunking chair were used.


"As part of the infamous “swimming test,” accused witches were dragged to the nearest body of water, stripped to their undergarments, bound and then tossed in to to see if they would sink or float. Since witches were believed to have spurned the sacrament of baptism, it was thought that the water would reject their body and prevent them from submerging. According to this logic, an innocent person would sink like a stone, but a witch would simply bob on the surface. The victim typically had a rope tied around their waist so they could be pulled from the water if they sank, but it wasn’t unusual for accidental drowning deaths to occur."

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/20/2019 05:33PM by AWSX.
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Trial by Ordeal

Hermione August 20, 2019 02:38PM

Re: Trial by Ordeal

Allan Shumaker August 20, 2019 05:32PM

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