It was just the husbands word against the wifes word

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presented. It was just the husband’s word against the wife’s word with testimonies from their families, friends, and/or the community. But how did the judge know who was lying in order to decide the outcome of the case? I would think that they really had no way of knowing. It just seems like whoever had the most witnesses on their side or the stronger reasoning for their case became the winning side. Threatening to poison and adultery were very big offenses and the courts often ruled in the victim’s favor. But interestingly enough, since there was usually no evidence, couldn’t a husband or wife ask or even bribe people to make up stories that would convince the courts to rule in their favor? People could even slightly exaggerate their stories in order for the judge to rule in their favor. Without proof there’s really no way of knowing who was telling the truth. One interesting thing I found was that in the case of Faustina Gradenigo, her husband, Carlo de Cappo, had slept with his servant and she became pregnant. The
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