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For civil suits there was a provision against ‘wager of battle,’ and the accused again cleared themselves by compurgation.
But experience having shown that this method of trial was tumultuary and uncertain, they corrected it by the idea of compurgation.
Compurgation was abolished in 1440 as its inferiority to trial by witnesses became fully recognized.
With this assize too a practice which had prevailed from the earliest English times, the practice of "compurgation," passed away.
But the compurgation was now completed, and the Cid was compelled to do homage.
In the case of suspects of heresy who cleared themselves by compurgation, abjuration, of course, did not include confession.
The trial per sectam was used as an alternative to the assize or jury, and resembled in principle the system of compurgation.
Yet by the middle of the century, when Simancas wrote, compurgation was becoming obsolete.
Conducted after this fashion it is easy to understand why compurgation should be characterized as blind and perilous.
The Spanish Inquisition naturally inherited compurgation among the other traditions of the institution.

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