They were widely open to torture as they were agitated by the deep sense of sin. The Judas Cradle - A terrible medieval torture where the victim would be placed on top of a pyramid-like seat. There were many variants, but the most common was to force a rat through a victim's body as a way to escape. In Mongol Empire, the worst criminals were by pouring molten silver to their eyes. Breasts of the victim were fixed to the clawed bars and she was then pulled by the executioner away from the wall, severely mutilating or even tearing her breasts off.
This terrible device was used in most of Europe during the Middle Ages. This torture device as stated was first used in Europe, during the period of The Inquisition. The Pear of Anguish - A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim's orifices: the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals and the mouth for liars and blasphemers. Basically - there is a reason most Western criminal justice systems provide a clause for cruel and unusual punishment. Over the extended hours or days, muscles would ultimately tear, which would lower the victim towards the spike seat, piercing the lower organs and eventually causing death. Although mostly used for religious purposes, it was also used against the political opponents of the time. Due to heavy blood loss or infection, death often followed.
To trace the history on the use of Judas Cradle, let us backtrack a bit. Even though it was meant as a mild form of punishment, the crowd sometimes made it lethal. Depending on the victim and torturer, this torture could last several hours. A king could create a law that forbids of worshipping a specific god, or speaking against him, and use a torture device like the one above as a way to make sure those laws were upheld. The Judas Cradle - A terrible medieval torture where the victim would be placed on top of a pyramid-like seat. This resulted in the head being slowly compressed.
Most people during this time were poor, many were beleaguered by diseases and freedom was largely owned by the affluent landowners. Back in the day, executions were mostly public events and surprisingly, people would angrily react if they thought the executioner was not diligently performing his job in carrying out justice as was expected from him. Torture is about using fear as a deterrent, which has an overall chilling effect on a population as a whole. The Pear of Anguish - A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim's orifices: the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals and the mouth for liars and blasphemers. This torture method was primarily used to extract confessions from the prisoners, as it was both extremely painful and very lasting. If you think that Guantanamo is hell on earth for criminals who are locked up for heinous crimes, you may swallow your words when you find out how those accused of committing a wrongful deed and asserted by the ruler came to meet their end.
It would take a while before the person bled out or ran out of oxygen, whichever happened first. I think you're just not seeing the full extent of problems that come with torture. A common variant of the Judas Cradle was the Impalement Torture 4. After the person died, his flesh was devoured by birds and insects, leaving only a skeleton. The triangular-shaped end of the judas cradle was inserted in the victim's anus or vagina.
Head Crusher previously used by Spanish Inquisition At first, the teeth were smashed and disintegrated into the jaw, then the eyes followed. 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. There are three variations of the device, however the principle and design is the same. However, many victims would later be led to their own heated fate in a similar way. It's a very simple instrument that was used to tear a victim's skin apart. The Chair of Torture - There are many variants of the chair. The Saw was widely used throughout the Middle Ages, mainly because the tools required were found in most houses and no complex devices were required.
Needless to say, torture was a punishment that was largely perceived as a totally acceptable and legitimate method of dispensing justice as well as extracting confessions or extorting information of a crime. Even though it was meant as a mild form of punishment, the crowd sometimes made it lethal. The executioner then slowly turned the screw, between the bar and cap. If they didn't confess, they would be slowly cut in half. Here is another torture device made of nightmares: think, sealed in a spiked coffin. The torturers were given specific amount of money as their fee and their main task was to extract the required information from the victims. Wives who were seen as witches, shrews and scolds, were forced to wear the branks, locked onto their head.
According to historical records, back in the day, executioners were far from being regarded as sadistic agents of pain and death. They would then be left to float on a stagnant pond or alternately, simply exposed to the sun somewhere. People firmly believed and accepted, even embraced the purifying power derived from physical pain as a way to cleanse and soften the soul as well as liberate their hopes to attain eternal life. If the victim wasn't killed she would be scarred for life as her breasts were literally torn apart. This torture could last from a few hours to several days.
. Although it was sometimes used to mutilate the fingers, its most common purpose was to mutilate a man's penis. The insides of their hemicylindrical blades were lined with a great amount of spikes. The victim was usually naked when subject to the Judas Craddle. To prolonge the victim's life and cause more pain, torturers would sometimes rise the victim with ropes for the night and continue the torture during the morning. Good news, if any, is that there is no sufficient evidence to suggest anyone was made to endure the maiden.