Posted by ESC on April 08, 2004
In Reply to: Trial by fire posted by Beany on April 08, 2004
: : Trial by ordeal
: I was taught at school that 'trial by fire' was a specific version of the 'trial by ordeal' of Medieval witch trials- the accused had to walk a certain distance carrying a red-hot iron bar.
That was mentioned in the trial by ordeal information I found -- carrying a hot iron bar.