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Episode from the podcastOn the Record at The National Archives

Trials: Ordeal and Combat

Released Thursday, 8th April 2021
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In the first installment of a three-part series on our trial records, we’re examining the history of trials by ordeal and combat. This episode has witch trials, defamation lawsuits from accused witches, myth-busting, strong-men for hire, Irish landowners fighting to the death in a castle, and some facts about duels. Tune in to hear stories and historical insights that can only be found in the documents preserved at The National Archives. 

For a transcript and information about the documents used in this episode visit our show notes.

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