The Iron Maiden or Virgin of Nuremberg — Medieval Torture Devices The iron maiden was a torture device that was also known as the virgin of Nuremberg, it was basically like a giant coffin or container that had two doors that opened from the middle, like a double door cupboard and Inside the doors were talons similar to spikes. Medieval torture devices were very gruesome and torture techniques advanced as the medieval period progressed. The torturers would then proceed to make the prisoner swallow large amounts of water whilst consistently clubbing his bloated body with heavy blows. They weren't the norm — if you stole a bunch of gold and somebody saw you, for example, you'd probably just be hanged, not asked to go through a holy test. In their classic tome , Albrecht Classen and Connie Scarborough mention a few non-violent punishment methods that would raise eyebrows in the penal system today — primarily, that criminals were forced to wear terrifying animal masks around town or in the stocks, presumably to frighten babies. Once in place the crank was turned — how far depended on the sadistic whim of the torturer.
A person accused of these crimes had no way of escaping the flames. It then poppped into several thin, sharp slivers. This form of torture was commonly meted out to women for a number of reasons. They would often use the victims fear to scare them. Though, not a torture device per se, but, the chastity belt could inflict humiliation on a woman at the hands of her suspecting father or husband.
Wearing A Custom-Made Bridle The so-called are terrifying-looking things — and, you guessed it, they were made to be worn by women who ran their mouths too much. The session would last till the time the women choked on her own vomit. The Branks — Facial Mask Medieval Torture Device The Branks was a medieval torture device that you may have seen in medieval films, it was a metal facial mask of some description, usually they had a spiked mouth depressor and this was a torture device used on homemakers in the early 19th century. As the limbs were pulled apart, so was the spinal cord, increasing not only the physical pain, but the psychological pain of knowing that, even if he or she were to survive, mobility of any kind would be lost forever. Criminals had to presumably with a head-hole cut out of it, though the sources are unclear on this , stand outside the local church while all their friends and family filed in, and beg very loudly for forgiveness regarding their crimes. Also known as the Judas or Iron chair these elaborate devices could have as many as 1,500 spikes. In a special version there were spikes on the head rest and the executioner pushed his head against it.
Castration would eventually result in death, but it could take hours for the victim to bleed out, especially if the wounds were cauterized in order to prolong the agony. The famous revolutionary Guy Fawkes was among the few notable people who are known to have been tortured on this mean machine. This instrument was an effective way to extract confessions, as the period of pain could be prolonged for many hours if the torturer chose to. Again this was a favourite with the Spanish Inquisition and they had a few twists to make it even more painful. In Romania, accused men and women were forced to sit on pointed poles.
These punishments included fines, mutation, banishment and death through hanging and by being burned at the stake. Torture was not as common as many people think, but God forbid if the authorities wanted you to confess something! If the torturer kept turning the handles they often went too far some of the limbs were torn right off the body. The answer: to deform and punish her for adultery, blasphemy, heresy, self-induced abortion, and a number of other crimes that the inquisitor could choose to charge her with. In most cases, girls as young as 14 or 15 are circumcised using unsanitized tools like blades and knives. Your punishment if you failed? Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Famous people who were believed to be introduced to the Iron Maiden include Apega - the wife of Nabis a Spartan, and Marcus Atilius Regulus - a roman general during the First Punic War around 250 B.
This was to induce psychological fear in the observer, and could result in a confession without actually needing to use the device on the person himself. One poor woman, during the Spanish Inquisition, ahd , and, unsurprisingly, died soon after. People not working hard, cheating on ones spouse and being drunk and disorderly were also considered to be punishable medieval crimes. While, some of these torture methods for females rendered permanent disability, others led to a painful ending. Impalement Device Photo courtesy: Wikipedia The Impalement Device, which sounds so fancy, is actually a lethally sharp pole that one can use to cause extreme agony on another person. Further mentions of the device appear in the 19th century. One ancient Roman woman, Fausta, was , and one of the most famous martyrs of Christianity, Saint Cecelia, allegedly had to be beheaded after a didn't work.
Rape to sexually torture women Image Credit: Women have been raped by men for centuries. Crocodile Shears Photo courtesy: medievality. There were a number of ghastly torture devices for females as well as for males back then. The rope would be dropped from height after it had been tossed over the beam repeatedly. The Saw Photo courtesy: medievality.
Gnawing the intestines usually resulted in a few hours of pain for the victim. In the 1960s, doctors at the prison a torture device on some of the more unruly prisoners that became known as the Tucker telephone. In most cases, tortures were inflicted on women for reasons like witch craft, murder, blasphemy and also for suppression of sexuality. The Medieval Period witnessed some of the most macabre forms of torture ever imposed on humankind. The Pear —A Medieval Torture Device used on Women The pair was another gruesome little torture device that was invented mainly to be used on females.
Hanging Cage Medieval Torture Devices Hanging cages were used a lot during the Middle Ages, these hanging cage torture devices were placed around the town usually outside important and popular buildings such as town halls and cathedrals. If the torturer decided to finish the victim off quickly then weights could be added until the person was effectively impaled. This diverted the blood to the brain, making sure that consciousness was maintained and torture was made possible for at least several hours. There were many variants, but the most common was to force a rat through a victim's body usually the as a way to escape. The victims would basically be stopped from falling asleep. It was a severe form of torture and any woman undergoing it was hung naked for all to mock her. The tortured person was stretched out on a rack, tied by the ankles and wrists across a flat board that had rollers at both sides.
They often had spikes that penetrated the victim's back - as the limbs were pulled apart, so was his or her spinal cord increasing not only in physical pain, but the psychological one of being handicapped at best, too. Amongst the most cheap and cheerful forms of torture is rat torture. Judas Chair This was apparently used by the Spanish Inquisition nobody expected that. I always thought that the iron maiden was used as a form of execution, which it was. Facts and Information about the methods, devices and instruments of torture used during the Medieval period of the Middle Ages.