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Medieval Torture Devices

written by: threetits11
Test your knowledge of some of the most ruthless and unforgiving torture devices history has seen. The questions describe the devices’ use and mechanical construction, you have to guess the names.

Question 1:

Until the French Revolution, this torture device was used to execute those accused of treason. It was also used on nobles to provide a swift and humane death.
Hanging cage
Iron Maiden

Question 2:

This instrument of torture was thrust into the victims’ chin and sternum rendering them motionless.
The Sorcerer's Staff
The Prince's Prod
The Heretic's Fork
The King's Spear

Question 3:

This pyramid-shaped seat was used to extract confessions from the victims who were placed on top of it.
The Judas Cradle
The Iron Spike
The Swing of Death
The Point of No Return

Question 4:

This torture device was used to rip the victim’s flesh to shreds. Once this was accomplished, the victim would be left to dangle alive, with arms bound, left at the mercy of flies and other insects.
Cat's paws
The claw
The shredder
Cat's claws

Question 5:

What was the name of the instrument of terror, used in the Middle Ages by the Germans who would bind the victim to spokes and hoist them skyward for birds to peck on?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 6:

The head crusher was used as a swift and humane form of execution for the nobleman. It was designed in such a manner that upon impact it would cause immediate death of its victim.

Question 7:

What was the name of the device that pulled its victims limbs in opposite directions?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 8:

This mobile chamber was used all over Europe as a final resting place for criminals who survived other torture devices. The victims of this device would often starve to death.
The iron cage
The death chamber
The death dorm
The hanging cage

Question 9:

In medieval times this device was considered to deliver the mildest form of torture and was used to humiliate the offenders rather than physically harm them.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 10:

This device was commonly used on witches who were believed to be carrying the Satan’s child.
The sword
The blade
The saw
The pear


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