Medieval torture methods and instruments. Torture in medieval times. History of torture. Ripping out the teeth, beating, flaying, starvation, cutting, castration, bone breaking, blinding, burning, roasting, dislocation and limb or finger removal.
The Medieval Period was the most epic periods in the entire history. To be honest, no matter how much glorious it was a lot of violence and bloodshed was witnessed during that time. Torture in the middle ages was too much common. There were no feelings of humanity present in the ruling class. The barbarous time contributed a lot in introducing horrifying torture schemes. Special torture chambers were made in the castles. Depending on the social status and the level of crime different types of torturing ways were used to punish people. During the middle ages, torture was considered to be a legit act as it could end crime and ensure justice in the society. It was used in legal inquires and to make the suspect confess his victim.
There were various ways of torturing the individuals. Ripping out the teeth, beating, flaying, starvation, cutting, castration, bone breaking, blinding, burning, roasting, dislocation and limb or finger removal were the common methods of punishing. Even a number of deadly and cruel torture devices were made to punish people. The most painful of them include the show, breast ripper, the rack, knee splitter, head crusher, the wheel, Judas cradle and the wooden horse torture device.
There were even special torture chambers made in the lowest parts of the castle. The torture chambers used to have winding passages so that the cries of the victims could not be heard by other people living in the castle. The dungeons and chambers used to be quite small. They were hardly 11 feet long and 7 feet wide and 10 to 20 prisoners used to fit into it.
Not whole of the period of the Middle Ages was cruel and torturous. There were such towns too in which people were never tortured instead they were banished. In 866, Pope Nicholas sent a letter to the Bulgarians to stop torture. He said that there might be such innocent people too who got tortured even though they were not guilty. Torture must not be used to make the person confess. At that time, people were tortured until they confess. Because of this even the innocent people used to take the blames of crimes they never did. The torture practices still continued until 1640 when it was abolished in England.