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Tortures Which Beyond Your Imagination – 15 Most Brutal Medieval Tortures In Human History

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In this human civilisation, if someone does any crime the person has to face the punishment. But how extreme it would be? If you looking back at the medieval age then the torture techniques of that time would give you goosebumps. The thought surely comes in your mind that today’s executions or punishments are more lenient than medieval age.

In that time, the royals or upper-class people had all the powers and lower class or the farmers, labourers had no right to talk against the law. So the convicts or the victims had gone through the sadistic tortures. The gruesome tortures which the victims had faced and the agonising pain they had suffered it’s just unimaginable for us.

Look at the most brutal medieval tortures

The Brazen Bull

The Brazen Bull

This torture device was designed in ancient Greece and also known as the Sicilian Bull. A solid piece of brass was cast with a door on the side that could be opened and latched. The victim was placed inside the bull and a fire set below it until the metal became totally yellow as it was heated. The convict would then leave to be slowly roasted to death and you can imagine the unbearable pain what the victim would suffer. The bull was designed to increase these screams and make them sound like the roaring of a bull.

Head Crusher

Head Crusher

The torturer placed the victim’s head on a metal device, the chin placed on a bottom bar and the head was under a cap. The torturer would then slowly twist the handle which reduced the gap between the head cap and the bottom bar. It caused the teeth and jaw shattered and slowly the skull and facial bones. The most painful part was the victim was conscious while his eyes popped out of his skull. If the torturer stopped this before death then permanent damage in their brain, jaw or eyes slowly led them to death.

Saw Torture

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The victim was hung upside down so that the blood would rush to heads and keep them conscious until their death. The torturer would then saw through the victim’s bodies. The victim’s body was sawed in half, especially in their abdomen to increase their pain.

The Heretic’s Fork

The Heretic’s Fork

This torture device was used for those who spoke out against the Catholic Church. Two spiked ends secured with a leather strap and the torturer wrapped it around the victim’s neck while the victim was hung from the ceiling or otherwise suspended in a way so that they could not lie down. At the moment when their head dropped with exhaustion, the spiked ends pierced their throat or chest and it only removed after the victim had said “I recant”.

Rat Torture

Rat Torture

This torture was famous in medieval Germany and ancient China. In this method, a cage full of hungry rats was placed against the victim’s belly and on the other side of the cage, a heating object was placed. To rescue themselves the rats burrow through the victim’s body which caused death.

Judas Cradle

Judas Cradle

This one was one of the most sadistic torture methods in medieval times. The victims would be placed in the waist harness above the pyramid-shaped seat and forcibly lowered onto the tip. This torture was eventually succumbing to tears in muscle tissue that could turn septic and kill from infection.

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

This torture method is known by all due to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In this method, the victim was tied and nailed to a large wooden cross and they left to hang until they die. It is a slow and painful execution.

Breast Ripper

Breast Ripper

This horrifying device was especially designed for women who were accused of adultery or self-abortion. This was used in medieval Germany and France. The instrument was made of iron and ripped the breasts from a woman. The instrument was first heated and then clamped onto a woman’s breast to pull a large chunk of flesh.

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

This coffin-like device was made of iron with steel spikes inside it. The victim would be placed inside its chamber and the executioner would close the door behind them. The victim was unable to move due to the numerous numbers of spikes.

Breaking Wheel

Breaking Wheel

This medieval torture device was used for capital punishment. The accused was tied to a large rotating wheel and as the wheel rotating the executioner took a huge iron hammer to break the bones. This execution was considered as entertainment for the people of the place.

The Rack

The Rack

This method was popular in medieval Europe. The victim was laid down on the device and his wrists and ankles were all tied up. Two torturers cranked rack’s gears and slowly the machine would pull on the victim’s limbs in opposite directions until his limbs ripped from his body.

The Chair of Torture

The Chair of Torture

This is also known as Judas Chair which made of iron. This torture device was famous in medieval Europe and was used until 1800’s. It was layered with 500 to 1,500 spikes on every surface and had tight straps to hold the victim. The chair was used to scare people at the time of interrogation.

Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

The chair was used to scare people at the time of interrogation.  Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

This punishment was for high treason in England. This brutal torture was abolished in 1814. In this torture, the accused was dragged in a wooden frame called the hurdle. He would then hanged by the neck until they are near-death.  This first step was known as hanged. He was then disembowelled and castrated. His entrails and genitalia were burned in front of him. This process was called drawn. He would then divided into four separate parts and beheaded. The last step was called quartered.

Spanish Donkey

Spanish Donkey

In this method, the victim had put astride, naked on a donkey-like device. The device was a vertical wooden board with a sharp V-wedge on top of it. After that, the executioner would add varying weights to the victim’s feet until the wedge sliced through the victim’s body.

Chinese Water Torture

Chinese Water Torture

The victim was placed on a table where a slow stream of water droplets constantly dropped on his forehead. This continuous and slow drop of cold water was enough to drive them insane.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas

Pen is mightier than swords – these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I’m a simple girl but I am what I am.

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