Trial by compurgation consisted of a sworn state-
ment to the truth of one’s claim or denial, supported by
25 the oaths of a certain number of fellow swearers.
Presumably they, no more than the claimant, would
endanger their immortal souls by the sacrilege of false
swearing. Originally the oath-helpers swore from their
own knowledge to the truth of the party’s claim. Later
30 they became little more than character witnesses,
swearing only to their belief that his oath was trust-
worthy. If he rounded up the requisite number of com-
purgators and the cumbrous swearing in very exact
form proceeded without a mistake, he won his case.
35 A mistake “burst” the oath, proving guilt.
As it is used in line 33, the word cumbrous most nearly means:
The correct answer is “burdensome.”
Congratulations to today’s winner India Burse!