compurgator


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compurgator

one who testifies to the innocence of an accused person.
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Como sights Crisp in Eondon in the mid-1630s, and notes his occasional preaching in the city as well as his association with John Emerson, a member of the "Eaton" antinomian circle and a compurgator for Crisp in the latter's 1634 High Commission trial.
He swears that he is not guilty of the crimes that his detractors accuse him of, and the goddess of love steps forward and assumes the role of his compurgator.
That is, he would take an oath that he is not indebted, and he would bring into court eleven compurgators.