Apparently there was another use for the maiden. The prisoner would be locked into the coffin and made to stand on the grated bottom. The victim's feet are fastened to one roller, and the wrists are chained to the other. The most popular of these torture techniques is strappado, which is still popular today. There were many different types of medieval torture devices developed during medieval times and people were often tortured in cases of hearsay as a way of extracting a confession from an accused person. By the end of the Medieval period torture had become a fine art.
Some of the most common Medieval torture methods included: Boiling This was a medieval torture method that was legalized by back in 1532, after which it was used to execute murderers. The punishment of high treason was very severe as the culprit was hung and cut down while he was still alive. When the prisoner finally becomes so tired they cannot hold themselves upright, their bodies fall forward and their breathing is impaired. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The process could be short or it could continue for days with the victim being left suspended overnight. The Templar Knights, among many other orders, were tortured with this same method. It comprised of spikes that prevented women to open their mouths.
The women had no other alternative but to tolerate each other and say sorry to the authorities. This torture method was one of the most painful among those used in the dark ages. One of the most famous and widely known uses of the torture rack was in the infamous Spanish Inquisition. Sometimes to prolong torture the victim would be suspended above the device overnight and torture would continue the next morning. The victim would be held upside down, allowing the blood to rush to their head, and then the torturer would slowly start slicing them between their legs.
The wheel — Famous Medieval Torture Device This was another infamous medieval torture device that was particularly gruesome, one of the most popular and gruesome methods of tortured used in the medieval period and that is saying something. The blood was then collected in a bowl. But despite their terrifying looks, it seems they were largely designed for public humiliation rather than actual pain. Flogging was the punishment for people not working hard enough whereas the people accused of cheating and drunkenness were put in the stocks or pillory. This instrument of torture was commonly used to punish people accused of wrongdoing. Though most medieval punishments now look simply like torture used to extract confessions, at the time, people truly believed that pain could be used to determine a person's guilt or innocence. Women have been victims of subjugation and control by men since time immemorial.
It was done repeatedly so as to choke the woman under water and to pressurize her to give her confession. This caused heavy asphyxia and disjointed bones at irregular intervals by the spinning of the wheel. The other one they mention? Even though this torture was not used during the Middle Ages as it was used earlier by the and , a simple form of boiling was still used in , without the use of the bull. If their heads dropped, the prongs would pierce their throat and chest. Also known as the Spanish Coat or Schandmantel this fairly innocuous looking set up was actually fairly horrific when carried out to its logical conclusion. Before the victim was cut completely in half, or before he was cut up to just the abdomen to lengthen the agony, he was tied upside down.
If that was not enough some other, models of the iron maiden had two spikes positioned to stick through the eyes of the victim. It could take the victim three days to die. The hell confinement uses a device that includes a pair of handcuffs and a pair of foot shackles, both of which are linked to a steel rod. Apart from the agonizing pain one suffered, the humiliation was the primary attraction for this method of torture. The victim would be tied on the rim of the water wheel, and the wheel would be moved. The accused had to face the trial by ordeal in which their innocence or guilt was judged by subjecting them to unpleasant ordeals. It was made legal in England with the passing of the Whipping Act in 1530.
The number of spikes in one of these chairs ranges from 500 to 1,500. Circumcision of genitalia is a brutal form of torture inflicted on young girls and is approved by elders and tribal communities in Africa. Rat Cage Photo credit: RightBrainPhotography Flickr For some people, rats can be cute. It is also known as the Judas Chair. The Inquisitors themselves, however, did not execute heretics, and the harshest sentence they could give was life imprisonment.
The meal was white rice on a white paper plate. In Romania, accused men and women were forced to sit on pointed poles. The Iron Maiden was another popular form of torture in the Medieval age. This method was mostly used to extract confessions, not confessing meant that the torturer could stretch more. During hot days, the metal would heat, causing pain. Zhu Hang is a Chinese woman who knows just how cruel the practice is. In fact, some kings had employed people who were known for their gruesome ways of torture, and were infamous for their torture chambers.
The torture lasted for several hours and days. Again this was a favourite with the Spanish Inquisition and they had a few twists to make it even more painful. If he wanted to use the toilet, he had to put a white slip of paper under the door of the cell to alert guards who reportedly had footwear designed to muffle any sound. Murder was also a very common crime in medieval times, high treason, heresy and witchcraft were also the types of crime that had strict punishments. Torture was a legitimate way to obtain testimonies and confessions from suspects for use in legal inquiries and trials during the Middle Ages. These punishments included fines, mutation, banishment and death through hanging and by being burned at the stake. The victim was seated on a triangular-shaped seat where he or she was slowly impaled.
The victim would be placed inside the bull and a fire set underneath it until the metal became literally yellow as it was heated. The victim would be placed inside a steel cage, which would then be hung from a building, a tree or from gallows in the middle of a populated area. Being Thrown Into Water While Tied To A Stool The turned up a little later, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries — but it's still worth mentioning, because it is both hilarious and horribly sexist. Perillos proposed his idea of a more painful means of execution to , the of. The method used was designed so that the victims arms and shoulders would be dislocated, this form of torture was practised until around 1820.