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> In this line, were crypts of churches used as court rooms?
>
>I know of at least one instance where the crypt of a cathedral was used as 
>an episcopal *prison*. I have just got back from the Isle of Man where the 
>crypt of the mediaeval cathedral at Port Erin was used to incarcerate 
>Eleanor, second wife of Duke Humphrey of Gloucester (Brother of Henry V & 
>uncle of Henry VI) after she had been found guilty of witchcraft and 
>necromancy. Her main fault seems to have been to have a horoscope cast to 
>see if / when Henry VI would died .... A treasonable activity but she was 
>tried and condemned by ecclesiastical, not civil, law. It was a grim hole, 
>even if one adds the kind of furnishings a noblewoman could be provided 
>with. It seems she survived there a good many years.

BMC 

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