List of gross torture methods used in medieval times. These medieval torture devices were some of the most sadistic machines in history, like the Judas cradle, pear of anguish, and Spanish donkey torture that were used to inflict anguish on convicts, hostages, and disagreeable folks. History books call them horrific forms of torture, but I can think of several people who could stand a few hours on/in at least a few of these devices. . . just kidding, of course. Read through this list of horrifying types of medieval punishment and be thankful that you were more a couple millennia after their presence.