Worst Medieval Christian Torture Devices and Methods

The newly civilised Europe has made the word Cruelty and inhuman synonymous to Islam through their propaganda. However if one take a look at their horrible past (until as recently as in the 1960s)  they shall know how least qualified the Europeans are to take lectures on cruelty and human rights or call other cultures barbaric and backward. While we are all aware of the 20th century headhunters of Sarawak, Breast ripping, burning at the stake in Medieval Christian Europe are little known or whitewashed. So I have listed down the top 10 such torture methods European churches employed (and their people endorsed) to punish people.

10. The Breast Ripper


This was used as a particularly horrific torture for sinful and/or deceitful women. The claws of this horrific instrument were put on the subject’s breasts. They often were heated to be red hot. They were then yanked to either tear off or shred the woman’s breasts. If the victim didn’t perish, she was horribly disfigured for life.

9. Impaling


The typical technique of psychos such as Vlad the Impaler was to have the victim sit on a very sharp pole. The pole would penetrate the anus and the abdomen. The pole would be put upright and the victim would slide down the pole. Sometimes, the pole would rip through the breast plate. The tip of the spear might lodge under the chin so that the person could slide no more. It’s reported it could take 1-3 days for the person to expire.

8. The Breaking Wheel


The idea here was to tie the poor victim to a wooden wheel. The wheel would be turned and the torturer would crush the victim’s limbs and joints with an iron hammer or club. They would be completely shattered. After that, the victim was left to die on the wheel. For extra fun, often the wheel would be put on a pole so the birds would flutter down and have a meal of the victim’s eyes and other soft parts. 2-3 days was the normal time to death.

7. Torture By Saw


The big advantage of the saw torture was that it didn’t require special equipment. All one needed was a two-man saw, a rope, and a tree to hang someone from by their feet. The victim was tied upside down, in part so that the blood would rush to his or her head. This would make sure the person stayed conscious for the maximum time. It also would slow the loss of blood. Typically, the person was cut as far as the abdomen so that it took longer to die. Death normally came in mere hours. 

6. Knee Splitter


The idea of this sadistic invention was to destroy the knees and other joints. As the torturer turned the handle, the sharp points destroyed and mutilated any part of the body that was placed there. It didn’t often cause death, merely horrific pain and terrible disfigurement. But it often was just the appetiser for more awful and deadly forms of torture. 

4. The Rack


This hideous machine had a wood frame with two ropes on the bottom and two more at the top. As the torturer would crank the handle, the ropes would pull the victim’s arms and legs. This would cause them to dislocate terribly and would eventually be ripped off the body. Later editions of the rack had steel spikes added on the bed. This would ensure that the victim’s spine also would be torn apart, causing paralysis.

3. Head Crusher



This horrible device was used frequently during the Spanish Inquisition. The victim’s (usually a Moorish Muslim) chin was put on the bar on the bottom and his head beneath the cap on the top. The torturer would then turn the screw and press the bar and cap together. This would compress the skull, shattering the victim’s teeth. The compression would continue for hours. Eventually the eyeballs would pop out of the sockets. 

2. Rat Torture 


What could be so terrible about some rats? They’re cute, right? Well, imagine this: your hands and feet are tied down, and your stomach is covered with a metal container with a rat inside. The container is slowly heated, and the rat rips through your digestive tract to escape.

1. Brazen Bull



What a horrible way to go: the victim is placed inside a large, hollow, metal bull and locked inside. A fire is lit beneath it, and the victim slowly burns to death. The ancient Greeks also used this device. They created a bunch of tubes around the head so that the agonised screams of the victim would sound somewhat like an angry bull. 


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Author: Mohammed Jehan Khan

A Soldier of Fortune who born without a silver spoon in his arse. Google my name to know me more.

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