Medieval Society. By Haolin Wu. The Three Courts. In Medieval times there were three courts. These were: The Village Courts: These courts dealt with minor things such as stealing a chicken or not selling quality things. The M anor Courts:
By Haolin Wu
In Medieval times there were three courts. These were:
The Village Courts:
These courts dealt with minor things such as stealing a chicken or not selling quality things.
The Manor Courts:
These courts dealt with more serious things such as a man allowing someone to marry his daughter without the Lord’s permission.
The King’s Courts:
This was were the most severe cases were trialed. The King’s Court dealt with things such as heresy and threatening the monarch’s life.
In 1215 a document called the Magna Carta was created. King John was forced by his barons to sign it. He reluctantly did. This document meant that ordinary people could now be elected and the king could now call upon his lords to assist him. This was the foundation of the government we have now.
In medieval times if you weren’t part of the church you were considered an outcast. If you committed something really bad then the people would order you to be trialed by ordeal.
Trial by ordeal is basically doing something that is impossible…unless God intervenes. You were innocent if God intervened but you were considered guilty if some miracle didn’t happen.
Some examples of trial by ordeal are:
Trial by fire:
The victim had to walk through fire. After 3 days if their wound didn’t heal a lot then the monarch deemed him guilty.
Trial by water:
The victim was thrown into a lake and if they floated they were guilty but if they sunk they were innocent.
Public Humiliation is still happening as we speak. Somewhere in England there is a board called ‘The Pillar of Shame’. This is where people of the community see who is doing the wrong thing and they can report he/she to the police if they see them breaking the law. For the lawbreakers, this is highly embarrassing. Most of them would rather do another sentence than see their face on the pillar.