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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.

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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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