The Rack: Torn limb from limb Rollers, a handle and ratchet were used to gradually increase the tension on the victim’s arms and legs, inducing unspeakable pain. The bones were slowly dislocated with a horrendously loud crack before the limbs were plucked from their joints and eventually torn apart with similarly sickening popping sounds.....
Toe Wedging. Taking sharp wooden or metallic wedges and hammering them into toes underneath toenails, so as to cause them to violently rip off. This particular torture is an ancient one, and was also known to have been used on fingers. Since the same wedges were used on several victims, it was common for infections, amputations and even death to result.
Barrel Pillory, or Spanish Mantle - A barrel is fitted over the entire body, with the head sticking out from a hole in the top. The person is kept locked in the barrel, forcing him to kneel in his own filth, and in some cases suffer extremes of hot or cold. For a short time this was merely unpleasant, but prolonged confinement could cause death through hunger or thirst, or scaphism - allowing or encouraging insects to breed on and feed on the victim's flesh.
"This device stifles the screams so as not to disturb the conversation of torturers. The iron “box” on the inside of the ring is forced into the victim’s mouth and the collar fastened behind their neck. A small hole allows the passage of air but this can be stopped up by a touch of the executioner’s fingertip, producing suffocation."
Victorian treatment for mental patients. Often women were diagnosed as hysterical (anything from depression to anxiety) & placed in these cages. Any patient who was just upset in general were locked in these cages. Like farm factory animals, there was no room to bend the legs, sit up or move. Cruel treatment….If you weren’t insane when they put you into this contraption, you soon would be.
The Pear of Anguish was used during the Middle Ages as a way to torture women who conducted a miscarriage, liars, blasphemers and homosexuals. A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim’s orifices: the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals and the mouth for liars and blasphemers.
The impalement device: A sharp pole with a strong wooden base can serve as the most torturous device . First the victim is stripped naked and then oil is poured into his anus or into the vagina . Then he is made to sit on the pole from the top. As time goes by, the victim slowly starts sliding down due to gravity and his own struggling movement.