He was stripped naked, and Biblical verses denouncing arrogance and evil were written on his skin. The Shame flute was specially designed to punish those who made bad music. In prisons run by Churches, the victims were generally restricted to a diet of stale bread and foul water - in line with a biblical text - and so were effectively condemned to death, since even a diet of good bread and water will sustain human life for only around three months. I am a Headmaster at a school for delinquent boys. While supposed witches were commonly tortured using this method, thieves and murderers could be subjected to it in order to extract a confession. As the interrogation progresses, a handle and ratchet attached to the top roller are used to very gradually stepwise increase the tension on the chains, inducing excruciating pain.
No plot to get in the way of the action and no character development to make you feel sorry for the heroine. Damiens was the last regicide or attempted regicide to be executed in this way. The Gibbet could be operated by either cutting the rope holding up the blade or by pulling out a pin which prevented it falling. The Romans have captured a young woman accused of conspiring against the Empire. Ducking was a form of punishment that was mainly reserved for supposed witches.
They were obliged to remain locked together until reconciled to each other. I was in his office, nervous about why he had called me in. This device was used during the Middle Ages as a way to torture women who conducted a miscarriage, liars, blasphemers, and homosexuals. The walls of the torture chamber were constructed in such a manner as to project the shrieks of the tortured from wall to wall, without ever reaching the outside. A variant applied in Ireland to Dermot O'Hurley consisted of lightweight metal boots that were filled with cool water and heated with the feet inside over a fire until the water boiled.
The scene I set before you is an odd one, to be sure…but it is quite accurate. At one point execution victims were killed by beating with a club while constrained. Leaving a bar, a young woman is abducted, taken to a hotel room, stripped and tied to the bed. Reece leaned his head against the wall and took a long, deep breath. His brother was face down in the bath. In practice sentences of nobles were almost always commuted to beheading. The victim could be rocked, they could be dropped repeatedly onto the device, one leg could be lifted, olive oil could be spread on the pyramid, or brass weights could be hung from the victim's legs.