Updated: 5/19/2020

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  • Ordeal by fire
  • Ordeal by water
  • Ordeal by combat
  • The accused would hold a red-hot poker andwalk three steps. If his hand was healedin three days, then God had called him innocent.If not, he was guilty.
  • The accused was tied to a plank of wood andthrown into a river. If she floated, she was a witch, proclaimed guilty and burnt. If she sank, she was innocent but still dead.
  • The accused would fight with a trained fighter (or, if he wanted, he could hire someone to fight for him - called a champion) to the death. Either he was innocent or dead.