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TOP 5: cruel medieval punishment

Updated on December 16, 2010

It is no secret that the Middle Ages in many countries dominated by Christianity, the people advocating ascetic lifestyle, strictly followed the customs and cherished traditions. Anyone violating the traditions were severely punished.

The most common punishment for criminals deliverables executioners, but sometimes "bad guy" was lynching.

Fifth place

These rodents, many do not seem very dangerous to have (unless it can knock the fear of women), but it is not. Rats are highly sensitive to changes in temperature and have very sharp teeth. What links these two qualities? Criminals in the Middle Ages, who had a phobia of rats (which have been subject to such fear, and do not), was placed on the stomach in rats, provided with a bucket. Top of the bucket is heated by fire, and rats, are concerned about their own lives begin to eat away the victim's body. Given the fact that rats can gnaw through concrete and even metal, it can be stated that the human belly isn't hard task.

Fourth place - head clamp

You probably know all the toys or key ring with a well-known film, animation characters faces by clicking on the eyes pop-out and tongue rolled out through the mouth. Similar "tricks" to play with the perpetrator, using a medieval torture instrument - head grip. Clamp principle forehead compresses large metal bowl, designed to form the head and chin plate holding the victim's skull from pressure on the bottom. Torturer, rotating a special arm, due the pressure head and teeth break, a man's eyes pop-out. Unfortunate death to sneak up quite slowly.

Third place - as torturers saw

This well-deserved punishment could completely complement the latest horror film series "Saw" part. .Offender clothes are taking off and hanging naked upside down. Two executioners with a large blade begins to cut the victim in half, put on her crotch. Torture things? Blood hub directly to the chest and head - so the victim can remain conscious until the saw reached her heart. Fully non-magic semi-human split!

Second Place - "The Pope's pear"

Sweet name, served with non-sweet reality. The torture occurred during the persecution of heretics, and it was the Catholic Church in punishment for adultery, fornication, the dissemination of heresy (as well - a warning to others). "Pope's Pear" - hand, often intricately inlaid, metal device with a shape reminiscent of pear. Unfaithful women "pear" plugs into the vagina, for men in the ass, and the heretics - in the mouth. Torturer click the device handle, and then "pear" to extend blooming flower and cut the victim's stomach. Man suffered time, until all bleed.

First Place - Skafizmas (do not know how to translate it)

The famous Greek philosopher Plutarch skafizmas first mentioned as a torture instrument used in Persian, which became very popular during the Middle Ages. Prisoners of war, criminals and other "bad guy" was forced to eat honey and drink milk. These two combination food causes severe diarrhea. Honey has also used to smear the victim's crotch and armpits. Then the naked man was tied to the boat, and thus starts to fly in a small pond or lake. The result - diarrhea and honey smeared on the body to attract large teams such as insects, are simply insects were eating victim's body, and then inside victim began to lay their eggs, to reproduce.

Hope you liked and sorry for grammar mistakes, spent a lot of time to translate it.


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      4 years ago from UK

      I don't see any references for this article. What are the sources and evidence for all this?

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      the stud muffin 

      5 years ago

      thank you Mr. Aisas. this helped a lot in the project i am doing for the end of my 7th grade.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting topic, thank you for posting. Great hub!

      Ron from Fitness

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      7 years ago

      Why is this written in a retarded way?

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      7 years ago from United States

      Certainly is interesting and scarey!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, lyjo. I am happy that someone interested

    • lyjo profile image


      8 years ago

      Very interesting, but scary.......Yikes!


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