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8 Most Painful And Horrific Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages

In the middle ages, torture was used for 'n' number of purposes and there was no limitation to the extent of brutality used in the acts of torture. The disgusting thing is that sometimes the executions were done just for the sake of public display and entertainment.

Different types of torture devices were used depending on the victim's fault, gender and social status. Check out the 10 most gruesome devices used in the Middle ages which will surely give you goosebumps.

 

8 Most Painful And Horrific Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages

8 Most Painful And Horrific Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages

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1) The Saw

1) The Saw

This was a form of torture in which an alive person was cut in halves through the central body mass. During the process of execution, the victim is kept in the position of upside down letting the blood to rush down to his head and then he is sliced by the saw.

2) Breast Ripper or the Spider

2) Breast Ripper or the Spider

Breast Ripper or the Spider was used to torture all those women who were involved in adultery, abortion or any form of misconduct. The device was heated and then used to shred the breasts of women.

3) The Rack

3) The Rack

Designed to dislocate every joint of the victim's body, it was believed to be the most painful form of Medieval torture. The Rack was a wooden platform with rollers attached at both the ends. The victims were tied on the rack and the rollers were strained to the uncomfortable dimensions.

4) Knee Splitter

4) Knee Splitter

As the name suggests, the knee splitter was used to split a victim's knee. Knee used to get effortlessly and painfully crippled into the device. The technique was used to make the knees useless. The number of spikes on the blocks varied from 3-20 often depending on the type of torture granted to the victims.

5) The Head Crusher

5) The Head Crusher

The Head crusher resulted into very painful and disgusting death by slowly crushing the head and facial bones. Brain used to literally come out with popped eye sockets, crushed teeth and bones.

6) The Wheel

6) The Wheel

The Wheel was most commonly used in Germany during the Middle Ages. Also known as the Breaking wheel or Catherine wheel, this torture device was used to kill the victims who were then kept for public executions. The victim was tied to the wheel on the ground and wooden crosspieces were kept under each joint of the body. Then the tormentor used to hit the crosspieces with a heavy wheel.

7) The Wooden Horse

7) The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse also known as the Wooden Pony or the Spanish Donkey were used during the American colonial period. The device is triangular in shape and sharpened at the top. The victim was made to sit on the triangular horse placing their full body weight on vulva ultimately slicing the body into halves.

8) The Judas Cradle

8) The Judas Cradle

The Judas cradle was a pyramid shape and sharpened device on which the victim is held through ropes. The device used to tear apart the anus, vulva and scrotum of victim making it one of the most brutal devices ever. The victim was usually naked and the device was rarely washed. So, even if the torture didn't kill the victim, the infection will surely do.

9) The Tub

9) The Tub

Victims used to sit in the wooden tub with only their head out. Then the torturer used to paint their faces with milk and honey on which the flies start to feed. The victims were also fed regularly and would end up swimming in their excrement. Eventually, maggots and worms would devour their body as they decayed alive.

10) Crucifixion

10) Crucifixion

It is one of the most well-known execution methods due to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is still practiced in some countries today. It is a slow and painful form of torture in which the victim is nailed to a large wooden cross and is left to hang until death which might take few days.

9) Watch the video of the torture devices used in the Medieval period

Some of the graphics used in the video is very disturbing. Watch at your own risk!

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