Modern torture certainly must not be underestimated, but in the Middle Ages one knows all too well what people really chase. Many tortured people therefore died a terrible death in prey to the ten following medieval torture.
The tortoise made torture as terrible as simple. The victim is pushed into the steel chest, which is in the form of a human body. Depending on how much he fits the box, the process is more or less painful.When it was a death penalty, victims were subsequently left dead. This usually meant that they were eaten by birds and / or wild animals.
Perhaps this is still the most famous medieval foltertuig. The raid gave rise to a slow but certain death.The victim was tied to the rows (spokes) of the row, after which they were (slowly) turned around. The tortoise used another hammer to break the limbs and bones of the rupture. Once upon a time, they were left on the wheel until death came in. In addition, it was considered an act of compassion when the dying strokes were given in the stomach or chest to accelerate the dying process. The reminder of this practice is now found in words like ‘genadestoot’ or ‘genocide’ (‘coup de grace’).
8. Knee splitter
The knee splatter was a commonly used drug of the Spanish Inquisition. Not only knees but also other body parts can simply be cut from the body by this precious tool. Once brought together, the sharp teeth tear through the meat, and they cut through the bones. In some cases, the knee splitter was still heated to make torture even more painful.
Halving was seen as a very effective and also cheap way of torture. The victim is nailed here and hanged upside down so that the blood draws to the brain and bleeds the body very slowly. Mostly, medieval victims were then (only) open sawn between the cross and the belly. To speed up the process, or to make an extremely horrible statement, it could also happen that a victim was sawn in two, from the cross.
The torment was used in women who were crimes of blasphemy or the spreading of lies. Homosexuals and abortions were also worked with the tool. The pear is brought into the rectum or vagina, and sometimes in the mouth (in case of lies or blasphemy). The device consists of four “blades”, which can be screwed through a screw. This happens after the pear has been administered. The result is severe mutilations and dislocations of the leg assembly.
5. Iron spin
In its separate form, this torture is also referred to as a ‘breast scavenger’. It was used mainly for female victims. They were sentenced when they deceived their husband or had committed an abortion. The rig does not only cause terrible pains, it infects the breasts in an irreparable way and then bleeds the victim.
4. The Rad
Another torture that most of us will know, is the line. Medieval victims still feared this rig most. The wooden frame contains ropes at the bottom and on the lever (top). With these winds wrists and ankles were tied to the victim. Then the tortoise turned the handle on the handlebar. As a result, the tortured was slowly stretched to the point where the limbs tore open. Sometimes arms and legs were also effectively torn off the body. In later years, spies were added to the row. She slowly penetrated the back of the unfortunate.
This ancient technique forces the victim to sit down at the sharp end of a pole. Then he slowly slides down. On the way the intestines are torn apart, until the spear on the other hand leaves the body.Depending on which parts are affected, the victim dies sooner or later. Sometimes it could be spanned for up to three days.
2. Main breaker
Another favorite of the Spanish inquisition was the main breaker. On this rig the victim puts his chin on the metal bar at the bottom. On the top of the head, then the screw cap is inserted. Then the head is literally broken (crushed, crushed) by downward pressure. Teeth first, after which the rest of the skull follows. Some models have a bowl for protruding eyes.
The Judaswieg is a form of spies. The vagina or rectum of the victim is hung over a metal spear via a belly and a wrist strap. By loosening and / or lowering the ropes, he / she slowly slides over the pole. In that way, it could be extremely long for spinets.