The 8 Most Painful Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages

Published September 30, 2011
Updated January 6, 2018

Torture Devices Of The Middle Ages: The Saw

The Saw Torture Devices

Before the saw was given its perfunctory role to slice through wood and thick material, it was used to slice through humans for torture or execution. The victim would be held upside down, allowing the blood to rush to their head, and then the torturer would slowly start slicing them between their legs.

With the blood contained in the head, the victim would remain conscious throughout most of the slicing, often only passing out or dying when the saw hit their mid-section.

The Saw Middle Ages Torture Devices

Medieval Torture Devices: Breast Ripper Or The Spider

Breast Ripper Medieval Torture Devices

For those women who were accused or adultery, abortion or any other crime, they were subjected to the painful torture of the breast ripper or the spider. As the name suggests, the claw-like device, which ended in spikes, was heated and then used to rip off or shred a woman’s breasts. The spider was a variant, attached to a wall instead of clamped onto a woman’s breast by a torturer.

Breast Ripper Torture Devices

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

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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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