Today in the Middle Ages: October 8, 1361

Chronicles record that on October 8, 1361, Robert Macaire defended himself on trial by combat against charges of murder. The duel was fought on the Ile de Notre Dame, and Macaire's opponent was the murdered man's dog.

Macaire, it is said, was armed with a stick, and the dog had the shelter of an empty barrel in lieu of a weapon. The dog won. Macaire was hanged.