Torture was a common aspect of life throughout history. Back in the day, people would use torture devices on witches, lawbreakers, or any other wrongdoers. Luckily, that reality is a thing of the past. But it’s still interesting to take a look into history where torture was the norm. Here is a collection of the most common torture devices that people are grateful are no longer in use today.
Foot roasting was common during the Spanish Inquisition. Seen as feet are such a sensitive body part, having them held in close proximity to a fire caused pain for the victim.
Gibbeting was one of the most preferred torture methods of the Middle Ages and was most common among pirates. This method involved taking victims outside and placing them in a metal cage. Overweight victims would be forced into smaller cages to increase the amount of discomfort as they were hung from trees. They would generally be left there in the crows came to feed on their remains.
Used during the Middle Ages, the Rack was a wooden table to which the victim would be tied down. Their arms and legs were each tied to a different corner of the table much like an ‘x’ shape. From there, each rope was pulled in different directions.
Water torture was used as far back as the Spanish Inquisition. It was less physical and more psychological torture. Someone would be strapped to a chair or bed and water would drop down on their forehead continuously day after day.