Law and Famous Trials

Roman Law

What was trial by battle?

Like trial by ordeal, trial by battle was a method of “justice” used predominately during the Middle Ages (500–1350). When noblemen had disputes, they would engage in a duel with one other: The assumption was that the person who was in the right would have God on his side, and he would emerge the victor in combat. No questions asked. This form of trial was gradually replaced by trial by jury.


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