Was Trial by Combat a Real Thing?

By unbekannter mittelalterlicher Künstler - Dresdener Bilderhandschrift des Sachselspiegels, hrsg. v. Karl v. Amira, Leipzig 1902, Neudruck hrsg. v. Heinrich Lück, Graz 2002, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By unbekannter mittelalterlicher Künstler - Dresdener Bilderhandschrift des Sachselspiegels, hrsg. v. Karl v. Amira, Leipzig 1902, Neudruck hrsg. v. Heinrich Lück, Graz 2002, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Was Trial by Combat Ever a Real Thing? Yes, but it varied from place to place, and didn't always end in death.

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