Tortures could hold ten to twenty victims in the room at once and would never clean the blood or flesh, so victims would suffer from diseases and viruses. The Rat Torture - A cheap and effective way to torture someone was with the use of rats. Many heads were spiked on the London Bridge. The executioner then slowly turned the screw, between the bar and cap. The device would be able to take 950 °C before melting. The Saw was widely used throughout the Middle Ages, mainly because the tools required were found in most houses and no complex devices were required. One famous victim of castration was the medieval French philosopher, scholar, teacher, and later monk, Pierre Abélard.
It would then be filled with large rodents. It could take several hours for death to occur and the causes of death were diverse. All torturers had to do was make a pile of dry wood with a stake in the middle to tie the victim to, then light the wood. As can be seen in the picture, a small collar supported the fork forcing the victim to hold their head erect. How your Data is Stored All data collected through our Website is stored on servers located in the United States.
The torturer could tighten or loosen the device, depending upon the severity of the crime. In the Byzantine Empire eunuchs were castrated so they would become a devoted personal servant, having neither family nor heirs to which to adhere. The bull was purposely designed to amplify these screams and make them sound like the bellowing of a bull. Thus, when the jaws of the croc were clamped down, it was puncture — and likely sever — the dude's junk. Some of the examples included here were outright death sentences but not without including a great deal of torture first. Pillory Torture - The pillory was used to publicly humiliate a victim.
Through the openings between the spokes, the torturer usually hit the victim with an iron hammer or club that could easily break the victim's bones. Breasts of the victim were fixed to the clawed bars and she was then pulled by the executioner away from the wall, severely mutilating or even tearing her breasts off. Facial mutilation and toe ripping were preferred choices. During her five-year reign, from 1553 to 1558, 300 people were burned to death for their religious views. They created many types of torture devices that they would use on their victims to obtain confessions. Page last updated on November 29 2008 2005 - 2014, © Medievality.
Medieval depiction of the Judas Cradle The victims were usually naked, adding to the overall humiliation of the torture, and tortured by intense pressure and stretching of the orifice. In a desperate flee for life the rat borrows into the victims chest to get away from the heat. This results in the victims torso slowly splitting. The device itself consisted of a triangularly shaped piece of wood with sharp edges that was placed over a sawhorse with an edge of the triangle pointing upward toward the victim. It could take anywhere between 1 to 3 days for the person to die. This item was used both as a punitive and an interrogational device.
Even forcing the prisoners to watch someone else being tortured on the rack was often enough to extract confessions. . The triangular-shaped end of the judas cradle was inserted in the victim's anus or vagina. After so long of the victim being pulled, the victims bones were dislocated. Please contact us at or at the postal address listed above, attention: Data compliance department. The Pendulum The pendulum was a way of extracting confessions. As the medieval period advanced the rack was also advanced.
Although not painful-looking, this device was used to publicly humiliate a victim who was at the mercy of the crowd. A great big fire was then set below the belly of the bull and the victim was then roasted alive. They often began with the limbs and slowly moved into the chest, back, neck and eventually the face. Birth, Criminal History and Judgment of the Roman C. Head Crusher previously used by Spanish Inquisition At first, the teeth were smashed and disintegrated into the jaw, then the eyes followed.
It included a bridle-bit or a spiked plate, about two inches long, which was projected into the mouth to press down upon the tongue in order to make speaking impossible. And a third deviation was to add heavy weights to the ankles. Advertisers We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. They were then pulled to rip off or shred the breasts. The victims were usually tied to one of these chairs and gradually pushed closer to a blazing fire, being slowly roasted alive while the spike penetrated their body. A criminal justice system that punished only those who volunteered for punishment was unworkable so this was used to coerce some response.