Swearing to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" dates back to English Common Law. Interestingly enough, there were no penalties for perjury until the 1600s; prior to that time, it was believed that the fear of God’s wrath was enough to keep witnesses honest.An interesting factoid that gives us a sense of how deeply religious people actually were back in the day. And of how much we've progressed.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The History of Perjury
According to Mental Floss magazine: