Superstition and Force
Essays on The Wager of Law—The Wager of Battle—The Ordeal—Torture
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Superstition and Force Essays on The Wager of Law—The Wager of Battle—The Ordeal—Torture

By Henry Charles Lea
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  • SUPERSTITION AND FORCE.
    • PREFACE.
    • CONTENTS.
    • I. THE WAGER OF LAW.
      • CHAPTER I. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE KINDRED.
      • CHAPTER II. THE OATH AND ITS ACCESSORIES.
      • CHAPTER III. CONJURATORS, OR PARTAKERS IN THE OATH.
      • CHAPTER IV. SELECTION OF COMPURGATORS.
      • CHAPTER V. CONDITIONS OF COMPURGATION.
      • CHAPTER VI. FORMULAS AND PROCEDURE.
      • CHAPTER VII. DECLINE OF COMPURGATION.
      • CHAPTER VIII. ACCUSATORIAL CONJURATORS.
    • II. THE WAGER OF BATTLE.
      • CHAPTER I.
      • CHAPTER II. ORIGIN OF THE JUDICIAL DUEL.
      • CHAPTER III. UNIVERSAL USE OF THE JUDICIAL COMBAT.
      • CHAPTER IV. CONFIDENCE REPOSED IN THE JUDICIAL DUEL.
      • CHAPTER V. LIMITATIONS ON THE WAGER OF BATTLE.
      • CHAPTER VI. REGULATIONS OF THE JUDICIAL COMBAT.
      • CHAPTER VII. CHAMPIONS.
      • CHAPTER VIII. DECLINE OF THE JUDICIAL COMBAT.
    • III. THE ORDEAL.
      • CHAPTER I. UNIVERSAL INVOCATION OF THE JUDGMENT OF GOD.
      • CHAPTER II. THE ORDEAL OF BOILING WATER.
      • CHAPTER III. THE ORDEAL OF RED-HOT IRON.
      • CHAPTER IV. THE ORDEAL OF FIRE.
      • CHAPTER V. THE ORDEAL OF COLD WATER.
      • CHAPTER VI. THE ORDEAL OF THE BALANCE.
      • CHAPTER VII. THE ORDEAL OF THE CROSS.
      • CHAPTER VIII. THE CORSNÆD.
      • CHAPTER IX. THE EUCHARIST AS AN ORDEAL.
      • CHAPTER X. THE ORDEAL OF THE LOT.
      • CHAPTER XI. BIER-RIGHT.
      • CHAPTER XII. OATHS AS ORDEALS.
      • CHAPTER XIII. POISON ORDEALS.
      • CHAPTER XIV. IRREGULAR ORDEALS.
      • CHAPTER XV. CONDITIONS OF THE ORDEAL.
      • CHAPTER XVI. CONFIDENCE REPOSED IN THE ORDEAL.
      • CHAPTER XVII. THE CHURCH AND THE ORDEAL.
      • CHAPTER XVIII. REPRESSIVE SECULAR LEGISLATION.
    • IV. TORTURE.
      • CHAPTER I. TORTURE IN EGYPT AND ASIA.
      • CHAPTER II. GREECE AND ROME.
      • CHAPTER III. THE BARBARIANS.
      • CHAPTER IV. THE GOTHS AND SPAIN.
      • CHAPTER V. CARLOVINGIAN AND FEUDAL LAW.
      • CHAPTER VI. REAPPEARANCE OF TORTURE.
      • CHAPTER VII. THE INQUISITORIAL PROCESS.
      • CHAPTER VIII. FINAL SHAPE OF THE TORTURE SYSTEM.
      • CHAPTER IX. ENGLAND AND THE NORTHERN RACES.
      • CHAPTER X. DECLINE OF THE TORTURE SYSTEM.
    • INDEX.
    • FOOTNOTES:
      • Transcriber’s Note
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