A bread used in ancient times for divinatory purposes. It was sometimes called the ordeal or fear of bread. The bread, about an ounce in weight, having a spell put on it was given to a suspected person to eat. If the person choked on it or became sick, then he was declared guilty. But, if he remained well then he was said to be innocent. Barely was most likely used in the bread to cause choking. This method of trail by bread was used by the Anglo-Saxons. A.G.H.