The 10 Most Shocking Medieval Torture Devices You’ve Never Heard Of

It is no secret that times where rough during the medieval age. Tyrants ruled, conditions were rough and a punishments’ effectiveness was judged by how harsh it was. Though they have long since fell out of use, many of the horrifying torture devices used during those times are still well known today. Impaling one’s enemies was a favorite of rulers of the time, made most famous by Vlad the Impaler who used it to intimidate those who dare cross him. Other enemies to European royals were quartered, a process in which each limb of a person was tied via rope to a horse, who were then whipped to send all four running in opposite directions. Stockades, the rack, and the iron maiden are also well known. But these were but a few of the numerous devices those entrusted with dealing out pain had at their disposal. Today, we take a look at some of the medieval torture devices you’ve never heard of.

Rat Torture

Rats were plentiful so why not make use of them for your everyday torture needs? In this method, the victim was strapped to a table so they could not moved. An iron cage was then clasped over the stomach with a rat trapped inside. The sadistic torturer would then slowly begin heating the cage. If you did not give a confession or the pain level you were meant to suffer had not been reached, they would continue heating it. Eventually, the panicked rat would begin to search for anyway out to survive. And the only way out was by clawing through you.

Boot

A victim’s shins were encased in planks surrounding their shins and bound together. Wedges were then hammered in between them, forcing the victim’s shins apart and causing great pain. The pain could further be increase by pouring boiling water into each boot.

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Thumbscrew

A victim’s thumbs or fingers were secured in a vice grip and then a drill was slowly twisted down into them. This could also be used on one’s toes.

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Brazen Bull

Here, the torturer would place inside of a large metal bull which was hollow on the inside. You were then locked in and a fire was lit beneath your metal tomb, burning your alive.

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Brank

Mostly only used on women, the victim was forced to wear a mask which had a 2-inch protrusion going into their mouth sometimes featuring spikes. This was often used to prevent suspected witches from speaking.

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The Pear

The device was placed into a victim’s nether regions and then turned causing it to expand and inflict severe pain.

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Judas Chair

The victim was held in place by the waist above the point which was inserted into their orifice. Eventually they would succumb to infection or blood loss after a long slow period of extreme agony.

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Heretic’s Fork

As with many of these torture instruments, the heretic’s fork’s primary goal was to elicit confessions. The device had sharp forks on opposing ends and was placed with one end under the victim’s chin and the other against their breast bone. They were then suspended upright so they could not sleep or even droop their head without experiencing severe pain. Many likely falsely confessed to end their pain.

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Head Crusher

An unfortunate soul’s chin was placed on an iron bar while a helmet was locked onto their head. The helmet was then slowly screwed downward causing the victim extreme pain as their skill was millimeter by millimeter being crushed.

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Cat’s Paw

This one’s simple but still quite gruesome. Torturers secured the unlucky person to some sort of wall and then literally began scraping off their skin all the way to the bone.

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Remarkable Photos of Child Labor During the Industrial Revolution

The industrial revolution brought about swift, significant change to life as the people of the time knew it. Workers once used to subsistence farming in rural areas moved to cities to work in factories in droves. The rapid movement was not without strife. Conditions were dirty, crowded, and often extremely dangerous. The soaring rise in production levels could not adequately be met by adults and desperate parents struggling to survive and put food in their children’s mouths put them to work alongside them in the factories. Conditions were brutal for the children. They were paid a fraction of what adults made, and their small size made them perfect for getting into dangerous nooks and crannies to maintain or clean equipment that adults were too large for. It was not unheard of for child laborers to work 19 hour days with just a one hour break. Orphans were treated as de facto slaves.

Punishment for boys and girls who did not meet expectations ranged from verbal to physical abuse. “Weighting” was a process in which young workers who did not meet their quota were forced to wear a heavy weight around their neck. The wealthy factory owners’ stranglehold on their cheap labor source finally began to assuage to public pressure. The first such measure occurred in 1833 when the Factory Act was passed by British Parliament and restricted the hours minors could work, and prohibited those under 9 from labor whatsoever. School attendance also became mandatory. The U.S. would not follow suit with similar measures until decades later, finally creating the Children’s Bureau in 1912. Unfortunately, the practice is still used today in some areas around the globe.

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21 Pictures of Baby Friendship That Will Make You Melt

Not much can brighten your day like a smiling, cute baby. And the things they do can be just adorable. Watching them as they discover new things can be heartwarming, sweet, and just downright funny. When two or more get together the joy rises exponentially. Seeing young tykes team up as they take on new discoveries is an experience to remember for years and years to come. And though these cute kids may not be ours, take a second and let the following sweet young ones brighten your day.

Going in for a kiss

Going in for a kiss

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Anything's a toy

Anything’s a toy

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Baby meetup group

Baby meetup group

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Love

Love

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Playtime

Playtime

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All tuckered out

All tuckered out

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Eskimo kiss!

Eskimo kiss!

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Ready for Santa

Ready for Santa

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Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

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First beach trip

First beach trip

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Smile for the camera!

Smile for the camera!

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Babies playing together

Babies playing together

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Hanging out

Hanging out

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