Note Archive 1356

The devil’s Court…

There is a certain legend connected with my hometown – Lublin in Poland. Legend including devils, poor women and greedy rich man…

In 1637 or 1638 (the chronicles don’t know exactly) there was an ongoing court case in the Crown Court made by a poor widow, against the nobleman, who robbed her husband’s estate. The rich man managed to bribe the judges, to get the judgment in his favor.
When the verdict was announced distraught woman held out her hands towards the crucifix hanging on the wall and exclaimed: “The devils would have given a fairer judgment.” Her voice tinged with pain, anger and despair resounded throughout the building.

The same night, exactly at midnight, richly decorated carriages arrived to the Crown Court. The judges, but also lawyers, dressed in beautiful costumes, embroidered with precious stones, entered into the building.
According to the scribe who was working there at night, all strangers had hooves instead of feet, and horns between the hairs! A few moments later, the trial began. They called again all the witnesses, who testified only the truth this time, fearing to lie in front of such an extraordinary judges.

The case, of course, has been won by the poor widow, who under the devil’s trial got a right to recover assets, taken over by a nobleman. The judge, who read the verdict, to highlight his words, slammed his hand on the table…
At the same time the figure of Jesus hanged on the wall, turned his face from shame, that the devil made the fairer judgment than the Court, in which took part also the priests…

Sounds incredible?

Who does not believe it, should go to the Lublin Castle and see it by himself, burned trace of devil’s hand can be found on the table placed in a museum…

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