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Medieval Torture. Historical Background The methods used to prove the truth of accusations were cruel and brutal. Primitive trials were unreliable, ineffective,

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1 Medieval Torture

2 Historical Background The methods used to prove the truth of accusations were cruel and brutal. Primitive trials were unreliable, ineffective, and most of all unjust. These trials did not consider evidence as we know it today.

3 Historical Background Guilt or innocence was determined by what was accepted to be divine intervention. Frequently, the accused was subjected to physical ordeals on the supposition that God would protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

4 Iron Maiden

5 Inquisitional Chair

6 Jibblet

7 Thumb / Toe Screws

8 Head Vice

9 Breast Ripper

10 The Rack

11 The Rat Torture

12 The Press

13 A Garroting Chair

14 Heretic’s Fork

15 Judas Cradle

16 The Pear (This instrument is Venetian, late 1500's, and consists of bronze segments and key, iron screw. Notice the etched face of Satan in the picture on the left.) 3 3


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