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Trial by Ordeal and other such mediaevalisms...

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1289482.  Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:59 am Reply with quote

In series J, episode 12, while discussing Charlemagne, Pepin the Short and trial by ordeal, Stephen says that the 'Dark Ages' are pre-Mediaeval. They are, in fact, just another word for Early Mediaeval, mediaeval corresponding to the age between the two classicising periods of the Classical/Antique and the Renaissance. Furthermore, trial by ordeal was something which persisted well into the 16th century. An attempt was made in 1215, which is as mediaeval as it gets, at the Fourth Lateran Council to completely stamp it out; this was mostly, but not entirely effective. Some of the ordeals were again used in the 17th century in witch trials, but these tended to be far more extreme and far deadlier than their mediaeval counterparts.


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