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06/14/2021
IMPRISONMENT IN A CAGESince the ancient times, imprisonment in a cage has been used on criminals. Sentences varied depen...
06/11/2021

IMPRISONMENT IN A CAGE

Since the ancient times, imprisonment in a cage has been used on criminals. Sentences varied depending on the severity of the crime. Thus, the cage could be both an instrument of torture, and the place where said victims ended their days. In the Middle Ages blasphemy and heresy were punished this way – a victim was often left to die, hung in his “iron coffin.”

The cage could be made from metal or wood, and came with a variety of torturous additions. Sometimes the cage was quite large, with bars set far from one another, and when it hung precariously over a cliff the prisoner would be under the constant fear that he would fall. Sometimes the cage would be too small, pressing on the flesh and bones of the prisoner within it. Staying inside this cage brought on considerable discomfort and suffering. Sometimes the cage of the offender was repeatedly lowered into water with a long pole, this was popular for extracting information.

IMPRISONMENT IN A CAGE

Since the ancient times, imprisonment in a cage has been used on criminals. Sentences varied depending on the severity of the crime. Thus, the cage could be both an instrument of torture, and the place where said victims ended their days. In the Middle Ages blasphemy and heresy were punished this way – a victim was often left to die, hung in his “iron coffin.”

The cage could be made from metal or wood, and came with a variety of torturous additions. Sometimes the cage was quite large, with bars set far from one another, and when it hung precariously over a cliff the prisoner would be under the constant fear that he would fall. Sometimes the cage would be too small, pressing on the flesh and bones of the prisoner within it. Staying inside this cage brought on considerable discomfort and suffering. Sometimes the cage of the offender was repeatedly lowered into water with a long pole, this was popular for extracting information.

06/10/2021
BRUNHILDA - QUEEN OF AUSTRASIABrunhilda was queen consort of Austrasia, part of Francia, by marriage to the Merovingian ...
06/09/2021

BRUNHILDA - QUEEN OF AUSTRASIA

Brunhilda was queen consort of Austrasia, part of Francia, by marriage to the Merovingian king Sigebert I of Austrasia. Brunhilda was apparently an efficient ruler, but this and her forceful personality brought her into conflict with her nobles, the church and the other Merovingians. Her bitter feud with Fredegund, mistress of Chilperic I of Neustria, who murdered Brunhilda's sister, Queen Galswintha, in order to replace her as queen, lasted until Fredegund's death in 597. Fredegund had Brunhilda's husband murdered and Brunhilda imprisoned for a period. This feud was continued by Fredegund's son, Chlothar II, who in 613 defeated Brunhilda in battle and had her executed by being pulled apart by four horses.

BRUNHILDA - QUEEN OF AUSTRASIA

Brunhilda was queen consort of Austrasia, part of Francia, by marriage to the Merovingian king Sigebert I of Austrasia. Brunhilda was apparently an efficient ruler, but this and her forceful personality brought her into conflict with her nobles, the church and the other Merovingians. Her bitter feud with Fredegund, mistress of Chilperic I of Neustria, who murdered Brunhilda's sister, Queen Galswintha, in order to replace her as queen, lasted until Fredegund's death in 597. Fredegund had Brunhilda's husband murdered and Brunhilda imprisoned for a period. This feud was continued by Fredegund's son, Chlothar II, who in 613 defeated Brunhilda in battle and had her executed by being pulled apart by four horses.

06/08/2021
Gridiron (Grid for torture by fire)This type of torture is often mentioned in the books of the early Middle Ages. It is ...
06/07/2021

Gridiron (Grid for torture by fire)

This type of torture is often mentioned in the books of the early Middle Ages. It is usually described as an ordinary metal grill six feet long and two and a half wide, mounted horizontally on the legs in order to be able to make a fire underneath. A man was shackled to a gridiron, making it impossible to stand up. Lying on such a lattice, victims of torture received burns from hot metal and an open flame, until they confessed to a crime or died from pain shock. On a similar lattice, christian martyr Saint Lawrence was tortured.

Gridiron (Grid for torture by fire)

This type of torture is often mentioned in the books of the early Middle Ages. It is usually described as an ordinary metal grill six feet long and two and a half wide, mounted horizontally on the legs in order to be able to make a fire underneath. A man was shackled to a gridiron, making it impossible to stand up. Lying on such a lattice, victims of torture received burns from hot metal and an open flame, until they confessed to a crime or died from pain shock. On a similar lattice, christian martyr Saint Lawrence was tortured.

06/07/2021
BEING SEWN INSIDE A DEAD HORSEThis was a simple but effective way of killing people. The victim would first have their l...
06/02/2021

BEING SEWN INSIDE A DEAD HORSE

This was a simple but effective way of killing people. The victim would first have their limbs broken to prevent escape, and would then be squashed and sewn into the belly of a dead horse. The carcass would then be left to rot outside the city, and abandoned to the animal kingdom’s scavengers: jackals, wild dogs, wolves, vultures, depending on the part of the world where the practice was being carried out. These creatures would, hence, eat the victim alive – provided that they were not already suffocated by the fumes of decomposition from the equine carcass itself.

BEING SEWN INSIDE A DEAD HORSE

This was a simple but effective way of killing people. The victim would first have their limbs broken to prevent escape, and would then be squashed and sewn into the belly of a dead horse. The carcass would then be left to rot outside the city, and abandoned to the animal kingdom’s scavengers: jackals, wild dogs, wolves, vultures, depending on the part of the world where the practice was being carried out. These creatures would, hence, eat the victim alive – provided that they were not already suffocated by the fumes of decomposition from the equine carcass itself.

You forgot to say please!
06/01/2021

You forgot to say please!

You forgot to say please!

THE FLUTE OF SHAMEThe "Flute of Shame" was intended for bad musicians who insulted the nobles’ hearing with a bad music....
05/31/2021

THE FLUTE OF SHAME

The "Flute of Shame" was intended for bad musicians who insulted the nobles’ hearing with a bad music. This device was a rough copy of a real wind instrument but instead of air valves it had finger clamps. Together with the iron collar the clamps forced the person to take the pose of the flutist which gave the torture a certain comic shade.

THE FLUTE OF SHAME

The "Flute of Shame" was intended for bad musicians who insulted the nobles’ hearing with a bad music. This device was a rough copy of a real wind instrument but instead of air valves it had finger clamps. Together with the iron collar the clamps forced the person to take the pose of the flutist which gave the torture a certain comic shade.

GIBBET OF MONTFAUCONErected around the late 13th century, the gibbet was used until 1629 and finally dismantled in 1760....
05/28/2021

GIBBET OF MONTFAUCON

Erected around the late 13th century, the gibbet was used until 1629 and finally dismantled in 1760. The structure was used to hang people and to display the bodies of the executed (both local and imported). There are written accounts of the executed being displayed here for more than three years before they were either posthumously exonerated or whatever remained of the body was turned over to the family.

GIBBET OF MONTFAUCON

Erected around the late 13th century, the gibbet was used until 1629 and finally dismantled in 1760. The structure was used to hang people and to display the bodies of the executed (both local and imported). There are written accounts of the executed being displayed here for more than three years before they were either posthumously exonerated or whatever remained of the body was turned over to the family.

SAWINGThis ex*****on was practiced in the Middle Ages in Europe, as well as in some Asian countries. According to the le...
05/26/2021

SAWING

This ex*****on was practiced in the Middle Ages in Europe, as well as in some Asian countries. According to the legends, the Roman emperor Nero personally ordered to saw apart several of his relatives, fearing a coup d'état. There is documentary evidence of brutal massacre by sawing of members of Hussites* in the Czech Republic in 15th century.

* Hussites are followers of the ideas of the Czech reformer of the church Jan Hus.

SAWING

This ex*****on was practiced in the Middle Ages in Europe, as well as in some Asian countries. According to the legends, the Roman emperor Nero personally ordered to saw apart several of his relatives, fearing a coup d'état. There is documentary evidence of brutal massacre by sawing of members of Hussites* in the Czech Republic in 15th century.

* Hussites are followers of the ideas of the Czech reformer of the church Jan Hus.

Professional deformation
05/25/2021

Professional deformation

Professional deformation

Medieval Torture Museum - a new level of interactivity!
05/24/2021

Medieval Torture Museum - a new level of interactivity!

Medieval Torture Museum - a new level of interactivity!

NAILING THE TONGUEThis was a punishment for gossips, slanderers, and those who would make fun of statesmen. It was used ...
05/22/2021

NAILING THE TONGUE

This was a punishment for gossips, slanderers, and those who would make fun of statesmen. It was used throughout the world during the Middle Ages. Perhaps this torture was inspired by the innocuous custom of the aborigines of ancient Oceania to pierce their tongue in order to release evil spirits from it.

NAILING THE TONGUE

This was a punishment for gossips, slanderers, and those who would make fun of statesmen. It was used throughout the world during the Middle Ages. Perhaps this torture was inspired by the innocuous custom of the aborigines of ancient Oceania to pierce their tongue in order to release evil spirits from it.

05/21/2021
TITUS OATES STANDING IN PILLORYTitus Oates (1649-1705) was the fabricator of the so-called Popish Plot, which was to ove...
05/20/2021

TITUS OATES STANDING IN PILLORY

Titus Oates (1649-1705) was the fabricator of the so-called Popish Plot, which was to overshadow religious and political life in Britain from 1678 until the end of Charles II's reign. At the height of his influence, Oates was provided with the power to order the arrest of whomsoever he accused: at least 22 men were executed on his perjured evidence. His lies finally caught up with him on 10 May 1684, when he was himself arrested after calling the Duke of York a traitor. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1685, and his punishment included being placed in the pillory five times a year. It is likely that this print records his first public humiliation, on 19 May 1685. Despite his blatant and murderous lies, Oates was released from prison in 1689 by William III, and had his pension reinstated.

TITUS OATES STANDING IN PILLORY

Titus Oates (1649-1705) was the fabricator of the so-called Popish Plot, which was to overshadow religious and political life in Britain from 1678 until the end of Charles II's reign. At the height of his influence, Oates was provided with the power to order the arrest of whomsoever he accused: at least 22 men were executed on his perjured evidence. His lies finally caught up with him on 10 May 1684, when he was himself arrested after calling the Duke of York a traitor. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1685, and his punishment included being placed in the pillory five times a year. It is likely that this print records his first public humiliation, on 19 May 1685. Despite his blatant and murderous lies, Oates was released from prison in 1689 by William III, and had his pension reinstated.

Party time!
05/19/2021

Party time!

Party time!

Lets help Dora find the humanity!
05/17/2021

Lets help Dora find the humanity!

Lets help Dora find the humanity!

STRAPPADO-LADDERThe St*****do-ladder is a device that was introduced by an unknown German ex*****oner at the beginning o...
05/15/2021

STRAPPADO-LADDER

The St*****do-ladder is a device that was introduced by an unknown German ex*****oner at the beginning of the 18th century. The painful pressure of the cross beams on the back occurs through stretching. It was used for interrogation in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

STRAPPADO-LADDER

The St*****do-ladder is a device that was introduced by an unknown German ex*****oner at the beginning of the 18th century. The painful pressure of the cross beams on the back occurs through stretching. It was used for interrogation in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

SLEEP DEPRIVATION TORTUREDeliberate sleep deprivation has been used for centuries, as both a form of torture and a means...
05/14/2021

SLEEP DEPRIVATION TORTURE

Deliberate sleep deprivation has been used for centuries, as both a form of torture and a means for interrogation. As an interrogation technique, it was believed using sleep deprivation as well as other forms of torture would enhance and assist in extracting information.

SLEEP DEPRIVATION TORTURE

Deliberate sleep deprivation has been used for centuries, as both a form of torture and a means for interrogation. As an interrogation technique, it was believed using sleep deprivation as well as other forms of torture would enhance and assist in extracting information.

Great party! Best entertainment team!
05/13/2021

Great party! Best entertainment team!

Great party! Best entertainment team!

Well, give us at least an oval one!
05/12/2021

Well, give us at least an oval one!

Well, give us at least an oval one!

Early 20th century beauty salon equipment. Or is it torture devices?
05/11/2021

Early 20th century beauty salon equipment. Or is it torture devices?

Long live rock'n'roll!
05/07/2021

Long live rock'n'roll!

Long live rock'n'roll!

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLSchool corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of physical pain or discomfort and ...
05/06/2021

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOL

School corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of physical pain or discomfort and psychological humiliation as a response to undesired behavior by a student or group of students. In schools it often involves striking the student directly across the buttocks or palms of their hands with a tool such as a rattan cane, wooden paddle, slipper, leather strap or wooden yardstick.

Poland was the first nation to outlaw corporal punishment in schools in 1783. Britain itself outlawed the practice in 1987 for state schools and more recently for all schools.

Corporal punishment used to be prevalent in schools in many parts of the world, but in recent decades it has been outlawed in 128 countries including all of Europe, most of South America, as well as in Canada, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and several other countries. It remains commonplace in a number of countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOL

School corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of physical pain or discomfort and psychological humiliation as a response to undesired behavior by a student or group of students. In schools it often involves striking the student directly across the buttocks or palms of their hands with a tool such as a rattan cane, wooden paddle, slipper, leather strap or wooden yardstick.

Poland was the first nation to outlaw corporal punishment in schools in 1783. Britain itself outlawed the practice in 1987 for state schools and more recently for all schools.

Corporal punishment used to be prevalent in schools in many parts of the world, but in recent decades it has been outlawed in 128 countries including all of Europe, most of South America, as well as in Canada, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and several other countries. It remains commonplace in a number of countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

No lights Age!
05/05/2021

No lights Age!

No lights Age!

Buy tickets ONLINE here - https://bit.ly/2QOdBz4Largest interactive historical museum in U.S.Welcome, if you're brave en...
05/05/2021

Buy tickets ONLINE here - https://bit.ly/2QOdBz4
Largest interactive historical museum in U.S.
Welcome, if you're brave enough!

Buy tickets ONLINE here - https://bit.ly/2QOdBz4
Largest interactive historical museum in U.S.
Welcome, if you're brave enough!

THE STOCKSThe stocks are one of the most ancient instruments used to punish rebels and criminals. The first mention of t...
05/04/2021

THE STOCKS

The stocks are one of the most ancient instruments used to punish rebels and criminals. The first mention of them was the Old Testament, and in our time, they are still utilized on prisoners.
It consists of a log or board with holes for the legs, optionally for arms and head. In the Middle Ages, when the punishment was often a public event, a man would be pinned down in a humiliating and uncomfrtable position, and his feet made bare. Ever passerby could express a grievance or anger by tickling his feet. Often he would be brutally ridiculed by the crowd moving by, as they threw mud, excrement, reviled, and spat on him. Additional humiliation came every time the prisoner experienced a natural need, because this, too, had to be done in public. Usually deserters, and those who broke their military vows, would be thrown into the stocks.

THE STOCKS

The stocks are one of the most ancient instruments used to punish rebels and criminals. The first mention of them was the Old Testament, and in our time, they are still utilized on prisoners.
It consists of a log or board with holes for the legs, optionally for arms and head. In the Middle Ages, when the punishment was often a public event, a man would be pinned down in a humiliating and uncomfrtable position, and his feet made bare. Ever passerby could express a grievance or anger by tickling his feet. Often he would be brutally ridiculed by the crowd moving by, as they threw mud, excrement, reviled, and spat on him. Additional humiliation came every time the prisoner experienced a natural need, because this, too, had to be done in public. Usually deserters, and those who broke their military vows, would be thrown into the stocks.

Be carefull, please!
05/03/2021

Be carefull, please!

Be carefull, please!

Due to COVID-19...
05/01/2021

Due to COVID-19...

Due to COVID-19...

THE CORDThe cord (the rack or lifting bar) is first mentioned in 1229. The victim’s hands would be fastened with a rope ...
04/30/2021

THE CORD

The cord (the rack or lifting bar) is first mentioned in 1229. The victim’s hands would be fastened with a rope behind his back, they were then lifted by this rope. Sometimes additional weight would be tied to their feet. Throughout the 13th to 18th centuries, the cord was used in European prisons. During the Spanish Inquisition, it was called St*****do.

THE CORD

The cord (the rack or lifting bar) is first mentioned in 1229. The victim’s hands would be fastened with a rope behind his back, they were then lifted by this rope. Sometimes additional weight would be tied to their feet. Throughout the 13th to 18th centuries, the cord was used in European prisons. During the Spanish Inquisition, it was called St*****do.

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