The Head Crusher The head crusher was yet another gruesome medieval torture device that was made of metal and was a mechanism to crush the skull, the victim had their chin placed on a bar and the screw action of the head crusher forced pressure downwards on the head. Eventually, if the application of the rack is continued, the victim's limbs are completely separated from the body. Although various variations of the torture rack were used at one point of another, most Torture Racks were of a similar design. Chinese Water Torture Although not painful or destructive in nature, is often deemed one of the most debilitating torture methods ever conceived. The interviewee lays on a table, his wrists and heels tightly bound by leather straps to which ropes are attached and wound over cylindrical blocks.
His ribs are beginning to put pressure on this lungs, stealing his breath away. The birds must have been chirping with joy at the free meal. The one pictured above was made with hundreds of little spikes spread all over the sitting and leaning surface. Designed with two spiked wood blocks, one placed on top of the knee and another behind, the Knee Splitter has two huge screws that could be turned. In the beginning, it might even be invigorating — like a good morning stretch. Jerome used on a woman according to his first letter.
Victims were restrained to a wooden table, and cold or warm water was then dripped slowly onto their forehead, allegedly driving them insane. Inserted into the mouths of men when they were thought to have done something wrong, it would slowly stretch the mouth open and crack its victims jaws. This would leave the victim with an entirely crushed foot. It was used, not very frequently, over the subsequent centuries but various objections were raised against this brutal Medieval Toture Rack device. Even forcing the prisoners to watch someone else being tortured on the rack was often enough to extract confessions. As the container was heated up, the rat would chew through its only available escape route — in this case, the human body. Knee Splitter Photo courtesy: medievality.
The pear consists of four leaves that open away from each other as the screw at the top is turned becoming wider and wider at the base. It was predominantly used in Germany and Austria. Today, several Iron maidens from the 19th century can be seen in museums around the world, but none of them were used as actual torture devices. 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. Even thinking about this torture method causes shivers around the body. The torturers would then burn the soles of their feet, which were blistered and fried by a medieval torture device called a blazing brazier. Catherine refused to renounce her Christian faith, she was sentenced to be broken on the wheel.
The executioner however was careful not to kill the person outright, as they wanted them to suffer a long and painful death. The Judas Cradle — Medieval Torture Device The Judas cradle was an iron pyramid with belts attached, the victim was usually naked and placed on top of the pyramid, hoisted above and then lowered. The usual form this takes is to tie the victims arms behind their back and then suspend them from the wrist. It is a huge, hollow, metal instrument shaped like a bull in which the suspect was locked up. This would stretch to orifice to breaking point, at which point the muscles would tear. The Saw Photo courtesy: medievality. Before suspending him in air, weights were tied with his feet to increase the suffering manifold.
Those who were tortured with it recanted very quickly. The other variant, known as sqaussation, involved the victim being suspended by their wrists and having more and more weights hung from them. As the interrogation process progressed, a handle attached to the top roller was used to gradually stretch the limbs away from the body, resulting in excruciating pain. A more elaborate method involved a wheel mounted to an A-frame that allowed it to swing freely. A popular form of capital punishment in the Middle Ages, the Breaking Wheel ensured the victim endured as a much pain as humanly possible before eventually dying. Paris, France: Le Cherche Midi Éditeur. The Strappado, or the Corda, as it was also known, was a Medieval method of torture which tied the hands of a person behind his back and suspend him in the air, using a rope that was attached to the wrists.
All of this takes place slowly, the slower — the more torturous. As such, people with less strength would not survive the more gruesome forms of torture such as with torture devices such as the pulley rack or fire. Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages: The Saw Before the saw was given its perfunctory role to slice through wood and thick material, it was used to slice through humans for torture or execution. A special type of torture rack resembled a horse in shape and was made of wood. . The pear was another medieval torture device that caused many people to lose their lives.
While the prisoner lay tied up in helpless agony, a cage with a rat inside was placed on top of his stomach. According to Tacitus, the rack was used in a vain attempt to extract the names of the conspirators to assassinate Emperor Nero in the Pisonian conspiracy from the freedwoman Epicharis in 65 A. The sufferer was bound usually at their wrists and suspended, lifted slowly and dropped one or more times. Victims were usually mutilated before being put into the cages to scare other people and to stop them from committing crimes. The Judas cradle was made of a pyramidal piece of wood that was attached on four wooden legs. Throughout the history, people have devised a wide variety of ingeniously hideous methods of torture as a form of punishment for crimes, or simply to extract information. Whilst probably not intended to kill the blood loss from all those punctures must have been quite significant and the infection would almost certainly kill you if nothing else.