It's the Law

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It's the Law.  Left:  An accused man might be given a "cursed morsel".  He would have to swallow whole a piece of bread or cheese containing an irritant, like a feather.  If he choked, it was taken as a sign of his guilt.  Right: The pillory.  Sometimes an offender would be pelted with stones and bricks by the crowd.  But if the accused was well-liked, the crowd could gently mock the judges by throwing flowers, as here.  Original artwork for illustrations on pp12-13 of Look and Learn issue no 1003 (30 May 1981).  Lent for scanning by The Gallery of Illustration.

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