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The Top 10 Types of Medieval Torture

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. 

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    The Pear of Anguish

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    The Pear of Anguish was used during the Middle Ages as a way to torture liars, blasphemers, homosexuals, and women who had miscarriages.

    A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim's orifices: the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals, and the mouth for liars and blasphemers.

    The instrument consisted of four leaves that slowly separated from each other as the torturer turned a screw at the top. It was the torturer's decision to simply tear the skin or expand the "pear" to its maximum state, thereby mutilating the victim.

    The Pear of Anguish was usually very adorned to differentiate between anal, vaginal, and oral pears. They also varied in size accordingly.

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