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they had no Charm about them, and that they would behave, themselves like loyal and worthy Knights, Afterwards they had theix Swords girt about them, and their Horses and Lances brought to them : Laft. ly, The Heralds madę, a publick Cry, whereby the People were forbidden to favour in any thing either of the Combatants. In the first Place, the Champions gave the Lye to one another several times; and then the, Trumpets sounding, they came to an Ena gagement, and when they had' struck as many Blows as were mentioned in the Cartel, the Judges chrew, a Wand into the air, to give notice to the Champions that the Conibat was ended. When it lasted till Night with an equal Success, the Page y accused was reputed Conqueror and the Person vanquished was condemned to the Punin ment, which the Crime charged upon hin de served
Another Way of clearing one's self from an Ac. cufation was to touch a red-hot Iron, either by put. ting one's Hand into a Gantlet, or taking up a Bari Afterwards the Hand was wrapped up with a Bag, upon which the Judges and the Party set their Seals, and if three Days after no burning appeared in the hand of the Party accused, he was acquitted ; others wise, he was found Guilty, The Hand was alfo put into boiling Water, with the same Ceremo nies; and the same. Consequences were drawn from it. The Trial by cold Water for the Common Peo. ple was not so mysterious. After some Prayers repeated over the Person, they bound him Hand and Foot, and threw him into the Water. If he swam over, they used him like a Criminal ; but if he suņk, he was reputed innocent, Those cruel Trials were called God's Judgments *. Those that were performed
* I have given an Account of a Differtation con. cerning, those Trials in the Third Volume, Art, XLVI; and LXXVI.
by a Combat, were then lo generally approved, that Franck 1. permitted three Duels and it appears, that in the Year 1386., a Woman having complained to her: Husband, that a Gentleman had made an Attempt upon her Honour, and the Gentleman hava ing denied it, the Parliament, ordered by a formal Decree, thar the Husband hould fight the Party ac at:fed; who had the Misfortune of being worsted, tho he was Innocent...
The Author shelvs what Sort of Physick was used in former Times. It consisted in preventing Disteme pers,
$and bearing ones Illness patiently, in a good Regimen, and the Practice of some plain and common Remedies. That natural Physick is ftil practiced with good Success among poor People in the Country. The Author observes, That till the time of Francis I. the Diffection of Human Bodies was ac. counted a Sacrilege; and that the Emperor Charles V. consulted the Divines of Salamanca, to know whether a Body might be dissected with a good Conscience. This work is well written, and full of curious Facts *
The Abbot Archon has put out the Second Volume of His History of the Chappel of the Kings of France. »
Histoire Ecclefiaftique de la Chapelle des Rois de France, dediée au Roy, par M. l'Abbé Archon, Licentie de Sorbonne, Chapellain ordinaire, & Sacristain de los Chapelle de Sa Majesté. Tome II. contenant Histoire Eco clefiaftique de la Chapelle des Rois de la troisieme race jusqu'à celle de Louis le Grand avec une suite des Grands Aumôniers, premiers Aumôniers
, Confesseurs, & principaux Officiers de la Chapelle, où l'on raporte ausi les Bulles des Papes, & les privileges accordez par nos Rois à leurs Ecclesiastiques. Paris 1711. in 480. Pagg. 794.
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See a large * Account of it in the Fifth Volume, Art. LXXII:
Dr. Hecquet has published a new Book, against Dr. Vieussens and Dr. Astruc, to prove that Digestion is performed by Trituration, and not by Fermentation.
De la Digestion & des Maladies de l'Estomach, suivant te Systeme de la trituration & du broyement, sans l'aide des levains ou de la fermentation, dont on fait voir l'impossibilité en Santé & en maladie. Paris 1711. in 12mo. Page: 442.
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St. John Damascen. This is to inform the Publick, that the Two Vo: lumes of this New Edition contain all the Works of St. John Damascen, that are in the former Editions, besides many Pieces never before Printed; and confequently it ought to be looked upon as a complete Edition. As for what concerns the Works falsy ascribed to that Father, such as the History of Barlaani and Josaphat, a Book of Physicks, which was writ. ten by Maximus. Planudes, a Greek Author of the latter Ages, and a Fragment of a Sermon concerning the last Fudgment; the Learned being little concerned for them, Father Lequien designs: to insert them in an Appendix ; but he will put off the Printing of those Pieces, till he can find our some others, either Genuine, or Suppofititious, that deserve to make up a Third Volume. As for the Works of Leontius, they. have no Affinity with those of St. John Damascen, who lived Two Hundred Years after him: Father Lequien has collected a sufficient Number of them to make a' just Volume, and will shortly prepare it for the Press:
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Hertfordshire has lately produced in ex
traordinary Phænomenon. I call it Extraordinary, because the like has not been seen in England, nor hardly in any other Part. of Europe. these mary Tears. An Old Woman has been tried for Witchcraft in that County, and found Guilty by the Jury. I sball not give an Account of a Book relating to that Trial : It will be read by all Curious Gentlemen. ? fhall only say that I have been very well pleafed wiih Some Pallages of the Wife and Learned Judge, who sat spon the Bench. There is in the History of the Life and Reign of King James I. by Ar
hur Wilson, Esq; under the Tear 1617: a Remarkable Paisage, which I foall in. fert here.
BOUT this Time there was a Boy born
“ ar Bilfon * whose Father, Mother, Neighbours, and many other people, with Admi* ration, did absolutely think possessed with a De
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$t vil ; - fot heshad Itrangey sudden, violent, diftortsting Fits, } that appeared to all the Beholders con#traryro Nature"; and being a non fut Fifteen * Years old, I it could porsi be imaginedo that any " thing of Impofture could stesult from him, and “ therefore the Fame of it was the more Remark,
.0 19.5:1 van 51A 1.6 The Jefuits (that are the best Physicians in Euch 5 Distempers) hearing of it, visited the Boyzi pray . med by: him, and used such other Charms land $K1 Exorcisms, as are fit to make them be admised; Pigiving his Parents good Hope of diíporteningum
of that foul Spirit, by which might palpabix be 19 difcerned, how much God's Power waste votiled ki in their Weakness, and direronce thomsoniand SK Hélinefs berween the Catholick Religiew abdl the
Herefy profetied among Protestants So thaisthey ist that heard them (as many resorted to the Place) « mult needs take them for very Holy Men, by
whom fuch Wonders were to be accompliftiMied. The Jesuits: vifired him often, fometimes 14 in Private, somerimes. in Company ; onbucrl this 4 Kind of Spirit would not be cominanded by 9. them, so that they grew almost desperate of the "Cure.
“ The Boy in his Fits would rave against an Old “ Woman dwelling near to his father, intimating " by Signs and' ghastly Behaviour, that he had fent
a Spirit to rormenr him and in plain: Terms (when he was out of his Firs) accused her to be
a Witch, and the Author of allShis Milerynol This “ Old Woman is sent to the Bishop's Chancellor at “ Litchfield, to be examined - The Boy is brought " thither ro confront het zoand having his Back to mwards her, at her coming into the Room, where “ the Chancellor was, befove freye engered or ap
peared, he falls into a nigoft bitter Agony trying out, „Nopp she comes, po to my Tormentors comes. Wreathing and Tearing himself in fo horrida