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Medieval Torture

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Shame Flute. The round part goes around the neck and the finger are smashed beneath the iron bar to give the illusion that the musician is playing his instrument.

Protection of the cradle or torture vigils. According to the executioner Ippolito Marsili, the introduction of this torture was a critical moment in the history of torture. This method of obtaining a confession is not intended to cause bodily injury. In this torture is not broken vertebrae, ankles splayed, or fragmented joints.

Set of torture Richard Gaywood 1650-1670

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Breaking With The Wheel. The victim (usually naked) had each of his limbs spread apart and tied to the ground. However, wooden crosspieces were placed under each major joint such as the wrists, ankles, knees, hips and shoulders. The torturer would then smash each limb and joint with the heavy, iron-enhanced wheel.

What this instrument accomplished was to permanently render the knees useless. Even though the name implies that this instrument was only used for "splitting" knees, it was also used in other body parts including: the elbows, arms and even the lower legs. As the torturer turned the handle, the claws slowly slammed against each other mutilating any skin in between. The number of spikes the knee splitter contained varied

Antique Torture Instruments 1893 Rare Catalogue

Torture of Huguenots in France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1685.

Torture Of Huguenots In France (Print) by Everett

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“Grandier, accused by the nuns of witchcraft, incest and sacrilege, was arrested and tortured in ‘the boot’, a device for smashing the legs. Inevitably he was found guilty and burned at the stake.”

Flaying is an old torture method used thousands of yrs ago in the Middle East, Africa and America. In the Middle Ages, it was frequently used to torture and execute criminals, soldiers and witches. Usually the victim's arms and legs were tied to a pole. The torturer, slowly peeled the victim's skin. Often and slowly, facial skin was peeled first, down to the victim's feet. Most victims died before peeling reached their waist. Sometimes, the victim was submerged in boiling water beforehand.

The Top 10 Types of Medieval Torture

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Palace of the Inquisition - Cartagena, Colombia. This photo shows the instruments of torture used by the Catholic Church to impose Christianity in Colombia. The Inquisition came late to Colombia. For more than 200 years, between 1610 and 1821, unspeakable acts of cruelty were committed by the priests of the Inquisition at this particular Catholic torture factory, which was only shut down in 1821 when Colombia achieved independence.

Water Torture, Antwerp, AD1556. Torture devices were very common in Roman Catholic Church Dungeons to torture Cathars, the Knight of Templars and anyone not following the dogma of the Catholic church were tortured and burned on stakes. Anyone caught with a bible trying to show that the church was wrong were destroyed during the genocide of the Chiristians by the Catholic and Pandorian churches.

Spanish Donkey medieval torture instrument

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The "Iron Maiden," in an image from Nuremberg c. 1500. This was an instrument of torture which was lined with spikes that would pierce the unfortunate wearer when the doors were closed.

Photo Gallery: Torture in the Dark Ages

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This device stifles the screams so as not to disturb the conversation of torturers. The iron "box" on the inside of the ring is forced into the victim's mouth and the collar fastened behind their neck. A small hole allows the passage of air but this can be stopped up by a touch of the executioner's fingertip, producing suffocation.

The Roman Catholic Inquisitions

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