Also known as the Iron Maiden. It is often linked to the Middle Ages, though there is reason to believe that, in fact, it was not conceived until the end of the 18th century. Initially, there was a model created with holes instead of spikes through which long nails were push through one by one, but the device was later modified.
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Double doors open on the front, allowing entrance for the victim. In one example, eight spikes protruded from one door, 13 from the other. Once the victim was inside, the doors were closed.
The iron maiden is a torture device widely believed to have been used in Europe during the Middle Ages. This notorious contraption is known by other names, such as the Virgin a reference to the Virgin Maryand Jungfer German for spinster. The iron maiden is described as being a human-sized box laden with spikes on the inside.
We find ourselves at last before the Iron Maiden, that anthropomorphized sarcophagus of human suffering, its insides lined with piercing, strategically-placed spikes. To endure its embrace was to suffer a lingering death, blinded, perforated and buried alive within unforgiving iron. The basic premise of the design dates back to the 3rd century B.
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Initially, there was a model created with holes instead of spikes through which long nails were push through one by one, but the device was later modified. A person placed inside suffers from both claustrophobia and the horrible pain of punctures from spikes sometimes over 20cm long. The positioning of these spikes has undergone the careful scrutiny of torturers so that vital organs are not hit.
In order to best carry out this form of torture, the accused was placed on a kind of "rack" that consisted, in one of its forms, of a large table with a raised center. After tying the hands and feet of the victim to the edges of this table, the torturer proceeded with his work in one of several ways. One of these methods involved forcing the victim to swallow large amounts of water with the help of a funnel, then striking his swollen and arched abdomen repeatedly with heavy blows. Another form of water torture involved inserting a cloth tube into the mouth of the victim, forcing it as deep as possible into his throat.
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When it comes to medieval torture devices, there's always one particularly nasty tool that instantly comes to mind: the iron maiden. It's brutal. It's essentially a metal coffin with spikes on the inside. Once the door closes, the person trapped inside will have the spikes pressed into their flesh — in key positions, of course, to prolong the suffering.