Medieval Torture Devices

Wooden Horse (Torture)

It is known as the “Spanish Horse”, it was invented by the Spanish inquisition in the Medieval Times. The torture device was used to punish those of being guilty of heresy or for witchcraft. There...

The Rack Torture

The rack was the most painful medieval torture. It was a wooden frame usually above the ground with two ropes fixed on the bottom and also fixed on the top of the device. The torturer...

Heretic Fork

The heretic for was usedn in the Medieval Times during the Spanish Inquisition. The device has two forks on both sides. The device was set against each other that penetrated the flesh under the...

Neck Trap

The tools that were created for detention and for control particularly violent offenders,  and their safe escort. The classic trap is a ring on a long stick, with nails in the inside, and also...

The Brazen Bull

The Brazen Bull is also known as the ‘Bull of Phalaris’, the ‘Bronze Bull’ or the ‘Sicilian Bull’ which was a type of an ancient torture and execution device from Ancient Greece. The story of...

Thumbscrews

The Thumbscrews was a tool that was commonly used for purpose of torture in the Medieval times. The device was simple and came with multiple screws. It was used to crush the fingers of the...

Garrote Torture

The Garrote Torture device was basically used for strangulation. The only real difference between the Medieval Garrote Device and a simple rope or a wire with handles that could be wrapped around the victim’s...

Stove Torture

A painful way to die. Someone being chained to a stove getting burned for what they did. Sorry that I have not found much info about this.

The Scottish Maiden

The Maiden was also known as the Scottish Maiden in an early form of the guillotine, or the gibbet, that was used between the 16th and 18 centuries as a means of execution in...

Rat Torture

The rat torture was a cheap and a effective way to torture someone with the use of rats. There were many variants, but the most common was to force a rat through a victim’s...

Stone Torture

Sticks and stones may break my bones is a common phrase, but what the passage failed to mention was used as a form of torture and punishment to the death. StoningIt was a form...

Saw Torture

The Saw was widely used through the Middle Ages. Mainly because tools that you need around the and no difficult devices were requites. It was a cheap wat to torture and kill a victim...

Beheading with Sword

The Executioner’s Sword was a sword designed specifically for decapitation of condemned criminals. These swords were intended for two hands to hold but were lacking a point, so that their over all length was...

The Head Crusher

The metal device is a plate that will sit below the victim’s jaw, which was connected by a frame to the head cap. When the torturer will slowly twist the handle, the gap between...

Knee Splitter

The knee splitter was a terrible torture. It was mostly used during the Inquisition. The instrument accomplisghed was to permanently render the knees useless. Even though the name implies that the instrument was only...

Coffin Torture

The Coffin Torture was feared throughout the Middle Ages. The victim was placed inside the “coffin”. The torturers were well-known for forcing an overweight victim into the device, or even make the “coffin” slightly...

The Pendulum

The pendulum was a good way to get the person to confess. With the rope, the victim’s wrists were tied behind their back. When the torturer turned the handle, the rope slowly elevated eventually...

Burned at the stake

Burning at the stake was a punishment method mostly used in the Middle Ages. This type of execution was usually preceded by a long torture. The torturers would use different devices and instruments which...

The Breast Ripper

The Breast Ripper was a device to punish the woman for the crime(s) that they have done. It was also used to mutilate and tear off the breasts. The device was mostly used for...

The Pear of Anguish

The torture device was a shape of a pear. The pear has four metal leaves joined by a hinge at the top with a key or a crank on one end. The torturer would insert...

The Judas Cradle

The Judas Cradle is a terrible medieval torture device where victim’s would be placed on top of the pyramid-like seat. The victim’s feet were tied to each other in a way that moving one...

The Wheel of Torture

Jean Calas, a French protestant cloth merchant from Toulouse in southern France, is broken on the wheel before being strangled and burned. He had been found guilty of murdering his son and condemned to...