What is CORSNED?

In Saxon law. The morsel of execration. A species of ordeal in use among the Saxons, performed by eating a piece of bread over which the priest had pronounced a certain imprecation. If the accused ate it freely, he was pronounced innocent; but, if it stuck in his throat, it was considered as a proof of his guilt. Crabb, Eng. Law, 30; 1 Reeve, Eng. Law, 21; 4 Bl. Comm. 345.

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