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renaissance torture devices and methods
Transcript of renaissance torture devices and methods
Top 5 What is Torture? The act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
There were many many ways to do it; while some methods and devices were very creative, some were also very basic but got the job done. The Spanish Donkey The Spanish Horse torture method or also known as the Wooden Horse is when victims are put on a vertical wood board with a sharp V-shape wedge on top. Depending whether they wanted the victim to die or not, some were just left there to sit there for days on top of this wedge in restraints letting there own body weight be the cause of there pain. Although, if the victims were put to death then extra weight would be added to the victims feet until the wedge eventually split them in half. The Iron Maiden The Iron Maiden is probably one of the most known as well as most used out of all the torture devices. To put it simply, the victim was placed inside this standing coffin filled with spikes, and as the door was shut the victim would get punctured from all sides with spikes and be left to bleed out. If he or she was lucky some of the spikes would hit their vitals and hasten their death. The Heretics Fork The Heretics Fork was probably the most simplistic of the torture devices, but was also very painful. As the victims were restrained, the strap holding this two-sided fork was wrapped around the neck and each of the forks was stabbed under the chin and the other in the upper part of the chest, making speech and movement too much to bare. Flaying What I consider the most horrific but also one of my personal favorite methods of torture would be flaying. This method consisted of the Victim being restrained either on a table or up on a pole where he or she was vulnerable, and the torturer would come up to him or her and start skinning him or her alive with a knife. Usually starting at the face, he would eventually work his way down the victims body until he reached the feet; but most would die before he reached the waist. The Judas Cradle The Judas Cradle was not only physical but also psychological torture. As the victim was suspended by a harness over this sharpened pyramid structure, they were slowly lowered onto it as the tip of the pyramid would enter the victims private area and they were left there for days at a time. Not only was it painful, the victim, due to certain contracting muscles was unable to sleep giving it the name of "Night Watcher". Even though excessive bleeding wasn't the cause of death, infection was because they rarely cleaned the device after each use. Many Many More... Conclusion There were many forms of torture devices and methods of torture, too much to even count. Each having a specific purpose to scare people, scar them for life, or even just kill them as cruelly as possible. Even though we have different views on it now, they did serve a purpose as punishment to criminals and was a valuable part in history. Some material may be graphic MLA Format Thank You www.authspot.com/thoughts/five-torture-devices-simply-horrifying www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/most-horrific-russian-torture-devices/8850 www.medievality.com/flaying-torture.html www.occaionalhell.com/infdevice/detail.php?recordID=Iron%20Maiden www.history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/spanish-inquestion3.htm