The 8 Most Painful Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages

The Ultimate Torture Devices: The Rack

The Rack Torture Device

Probably the most commonly know torture device from the Middle Ages, the rack was a wooden platform, with rollers at both ends. The victim’s hands and feet were tied to each end and the rollers would be turned, stretching the victim’s body to uncomfortable lengths.

Middle Ages Torture Devices The Rack

Painful Torture Devices: Knee Splitter

Knee Splitter Torture Devices

Used frequently during the Spanish Inquisition, the knee splitter, naturally, was used to split a victims knee. The device was built from two spiked wood blocks with a screw at the back, and was clamped on the front and back of the knee. One turn of the screw and, hey presto, a knee was easily, and painfully, crippled. It was also used on other parts of the body.

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