Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and Its Instruments

Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and Its Instruments

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Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and Its Instruments by Geoffrey Abbott, Geoffrey Abbott

A bloodcurdling account of instruments of torture through the ages includes:

  • ' Little Ease' : a cell only four feet square and nine feet high, in which it was impossible to lie down
  • Skull Crusher: an iron skull-cap secured by a metal strap with screws on each side, which were tightened until the strap forced the teeth out of the jaw
  • ' The Duke of Exeter's Daughter ' and ' Skeffington's Gyves' : two of the many excruciating versions of the rack
  • ' The Pendulum' : a crescent-shaped , razor-sharp blade suspended from the end of a pendulum, which relentlessly swung ever closer to the victim below
  • ' The Gridiron' : a low bench of parellel metal bars with a fire beneath them, which grilled the flesh

and many more grusome devices...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747239840
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 06/28/1995
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.67(d)

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