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Origins buried in folklore.

THE Flitch Trial is said to come from a folk tale or a pagan practice which rewarded strong monogamous relationships.

In the folk tale, a young lord of the manor and his wife, disguised as a poor travelling couple, go to a priory on their wedding anniversary to seek the abbott's blessing and are rewarded with a flitch of bacon.

Every year after that, the lord of the manor presents a flitch to any other couple who can swear, a year and a day after their wedding, that they have not offended each other in deed or word or ever wished themselves unmarried again.

As a pagan right, the Flitch Trials were said to have been tried first by monks, then by civil courts after the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.


COUPLE IN HARMONY: John and Zanny Cooper receive the flitch from High Bailiff Bill Malin
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 20, 2001
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