Were Medieval Trials By Combat Like The Ones On Game Of Thrones?Dr. Steven Isaac—Longwood University5/23/14 1:00pm3915EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkDr. Steven Isaac is a professor of medieval history at Longwood University in Virginia. In this essay, he puts the concept of trial by combat we see in Game of Thrones in a historical context. If you're not caught up on the current season, there are spoilers below.