This was a pear-shaped device, with the body of the pear made up of four metal "leaves" joined by a hinge at its top, and a key or crank on one end. The pear was inserted into the vagina, anus or throat, depending on the nature of the crime committed: The oral device was reserved for heretics, while the anal and vaginal pears were used on homosexuals and witches, respectively.
The device was rarely fatal, but other methods of torture Banner Of Anguish - Charon (14) - Banished Wabash Cannonball - Boxcar Willie - Take Me Home Banner Of Anguish - Charon (14) - Banished . People were often tortured to force religious conversions. They also faced torture because they may have committed heresy against the established church.
Thousands were tortured during the Inquisition on the pretext of religious heresy or conversion, although Inquisitors in general were often motivated by more earthly concerns - they took over the estates and wealth of their victims [source: Bachrach ].
Lots of U. HowStuffWorks investigates how Missouri got its famous flinty moniker. Is Holland the Same as the Netherlands? Prev NEXT. HowStuffWorks Culture History. For more information on medieval torture devices, please see the links below. Bachrach, Deborah. The Inquisition. Lucent Books, Beccaria, Cesare. Of Crimes and Punishments. Ingraham, Edward D.
Philip H. Nicklin, Philadelphia, original work published in Farrington, Karen. History of Punishment and Torture. Octopus Publishing Group, Gallonio, Antonio. Allinson, trans. The Fortune Press, Paris, original work published in Goldberg, Enid A. Franklin Watts, Hunt, Lynn. Inventing Human Rights. Norton and Company. Innes, Brian. The History of Torture. Martin's Press, Kellaway, Jean. The History of Torture and Execution. Mercury Books, The History of Torture in England.
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