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Clickable Medieval Torture Devices
Can you pick the devices used by medieval inquisitors to extract confessions and punish lawbreakers?
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Victim's legs tied together; victim placed atop a sharp, pyramid-like seat which would protrude into the victim's anus or vagina — sometimes for days.
Victim restrained in a chair adorned with iron spikes on the back and seat and leg, arm and foot rests.
Collapsible structure lined with spikes into which a victim was tied and placed standing upright.
Wooden-frame structure designed to slowly separate a victim's arms and/ or legs—bound by ropes—from his/ her body.
Used more for execution than for torture, this method involved submerging the victim in a cauldron filled with water, oil, tar, animal fat or molten lead.
Device consisting of four separate leaves that opened up inside whichever orifice in which the device was placed.
Typically reserved for alleged witches, this method involved submerging victims. If the victim floated, it meant he or she was a witch.
Method of execution of French heroine Joan of Arc.
Human-shaped metal frame into which a victim was placed. Time spent inside depended on the alleged victim's crime.
Victim immobilized per his or her limbs and subjected to public humiliation and/ or beatings.
Slits typically cut in victim's stomach so these could enter and eat their way to freedom.
A victim was restrained on this circular object so the inquisitor could bludgeon him/ her.
Bovine-like device used to boil victims alive.
Designed to separate a woman's breasts from her body, these extremely hot or cold 'claws' affixed to them.
Victim's chin placed onto the lowest of a three-tiered group of bars which would ultimately squeeze the victim's eyes from their sockets.
Victim tied upside-down to a gallows to slowly divert blood flow to the brain. If the victim didn't confess, he or she was slowly cut in half.
Victim hung by arms or legs to make him/ her defenseless as inquisitors mutiliated him/ her with this, also called a 'Cat's Paw.'
An iron collar designed to asphyxiate placed around victim's neck, this method was employed until as recently as 1975 by Spain.
A victim's fingers were placed inside this instrument and slowly crushed as the inquisitor turned the handle atop it.
Victim hung by thumb/s far above head.
Compressing a victim's body in the fetal position by a metal ring into which the body was placed.
Vincent Price starred in the 1961 film adaptation of an 1842 Poe tale about this device employing a slowly-swinging razor-sharp blade.
A metal cage which enclosed the head of a woman who slandered her neighbors.
So named for its compressible reptilian spikes designed to immobilize victims so inquisitors could burn confessions from them.
An inquisitor would turn a crank, and metal claws would slam against each other with this device, which was also used on other body parts such as the elbows.
Don't mistake this device for a holy water sprinkler: It was used to pour molten metals onto a victim's body.
Removal of skin from a victim's body.
Device which forced victims to hold their heads erect as one of these penetrated the flesh under a victim's chin; the other end penetrated the victim's upper chest.
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