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Pressing.  Basically the use of pressure as a torture device meant the applying of weight.  Most common was to place a board over a secured victim’s chest.  Then adding weights of some fashion to it more and more until the victim confessed or suffocated due to the amount of weight upon his chest and lungs.  Other variations have victims being slowly pinned and crushed by large boulders.

Basically the use of pressure as a torture device meant the applying…

Spanish Donkey - The naked victim was placed astride the main board as if riding a donkey, and various numbers of weights were attached to his or her feet. The agony could be ‘fine-tuned’ by using lighter or heavier weights. Sources relate that on occasion, the wedge would slice entirely through the victim as a result of the immense weight attached to his or her feet.

Spanish Donkey - The naked victim was placed astride the main board as if riding…

Judas Chair - The victim is hoisted up and lowered onto the point of the pyramid in such a way that his weight rests on the point positioned in the anus, in the vagina, under the scrotum or under the coccyx (the last two or three vertebrae). The executioner, according to the pleasure of the interrogators, can vary the pressure from zero to that of total body weight. The victim can be rocked, or made to fall repeatedly onto the point.

Judas Chair - The victim is hoisted up and lowered onto the point of the pyramid…

Boiling.  Executions of this type were often carried out using a large vessel such as a cauldron or a sealed kettle that was filled with a liquid such as water, oil, tar, or tallow. Depending on the intended cruelty, the victim was either immersed before the liquid was heated or plunged, usually head first, into a boiling liquid. In some cases, the executioner could control the speed of demise by raising or lowering the victim by means of a hook and pulley system.

Catholic church boiling Cathars to death for practicing Etruscan version of…

blood-eagle - a horrific method of torture described by the Nordic sagas. The ribs of the victim were cut by the spine and broken open thus resembling an wings. The lungs were pulled out through the wounds in the back and sprinkled with salt

blood-eagle - a horrific method of torture described by the Nordic sagas. The ribs of the victim were cut by the spine and broken open thus resembling wings. The lungs were pulled out through the wounds in the back and laid across the shoulders.

The Judas Cradle, a terrible medieval torture where the victim would be placed on top of a pyramid-like seat. The victim's feet were tied to each other in a way that moving one leg would force the other to move as well - increasing pain.

The Judas Cradle, a terrible medieval torture where the victim would be placed on top of a pyramid-like seat. The victim's feet were tied to each other in a way that moving one leg would force the other to move as well - increasing pain.

Coffin Torture  The victim was placed inside the "coffin". Torturers were well-known for forcing overweight victims into the device, or even making the "coffin" slightly larger than normal to make the victims more uncomfortable.    The period of time a victim was to be kept inside the coffin was determined by his or her crime. Very serious crimes, such as blasphemy were punished by death inside the coffin where the victim was to be kept inside under the sun with animals eating his or her…

The Coffin Torture was feared throughout the Middle Ages. It is enough for one to look at the picture to the left to realize the reason.

Hard to believe this beautiful tool was designed for a discusting purpose!  An artist designed pretty flourishes into this little piece of metalwork...on an instrument of torture which was inserted into a victim and expanded by means of a screw device to tear through the victim's internal organs, causing an excruciating death.

Hard to believe this beautiful tool was designed for a discusting purpose. This instrument of torture which was inserted into a victim and expanded by means of a screw device to tear through the victim's internal organs, causing an excruciating death.

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