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Heat Torture
Designed in Ancient Turkey (Greece), the Heat Torture was extremely painful and humiliating. After a person was "convicted", he or she would be locked inside a coffin made of brass (sometimes called the Brazen Bull).
The victim's feet were creatively fixed to the ground. Sometimes with ropes, sometimes with nails and sometimes they were not fixed at all. The coffin was placed vertically on top of a fire where it was left for many hours until the brass turned "red hot".
According to some historians including Herodotus, the Heat Torture was the most common torture in Greece. As years passed, the Brazen Bull became more painful and amusing for those outside. At one point, the most sophisticated device had a complex set of tubes so the victim's screams could be heard as an "infuriated ox". Apparently, this amused certain rulers such as the Roman Emperor Hadrian who, according to legend, burnt entire families with the device.
The Iron Maiden
 The iron maiden is in fact a sarcophagus. The only two main differences are that it has tips all over the front door and that people died after getting in--and not before.
The Iron Maiden was introduced in Germany. Even though it is commonly believed that it was used in the Middle Ages, the truth is that it was invented a few centuries later. Very few people had the misfortune of experiencing what it feels like to be trapped in this sarcophagus.
Normally, the big door would be shut slowly; the tips crushing a person in agonizing pain. There was a tube in the bottom that made the victim see his own blood as it poured out of his body. The few people that did make it to this device, lasted more than 2 days before death finally struck them.
The Stocks
  The victim would place his or her hands and feet in the open device later to be closed. Depending on the crime, a person could be sentenced to many days, or even weeks of staying confined by the stocks.
Generally placed near a town, the victim was subject to the public's harm. In a mild case, the sentenced person would leave with just a few punches in the face and a lot of urine in his or her body.
In a more severe case, townspeople acted very harsh and stoning was very common. Some people died and others were left severely injured. Cutting was very common, and some very offensive villagers would cut off parts of the victim (such as a hand) to later be burned; stopping him from dying.
Sometimes, death penalty was sentenced by this device. The victim was to be left confined to the stocks somewhere while the public, sun and animals did their job to kill him.
Even though in movies they portrait the stocks harmless, the reality was quite different. People suffered a lot and sometimes those who wanted to save the victim were also tortured by this method.
Stoning
 This is one of the most humiliating tortures ever designed by the human mind. When a women was accused of being a whore or a witch, she was tied to a horse and grabbed everywhere the rider wanted. When the person was hated by the people, stones (hence the name) and other sharp or hot materials were placed on the floor to increase the victim's suffering while being taken all over town for everyone to see.
When on death penalty, the victim would take a long time to die; normally more than an hour. Villagers would scream things and yell insults to the unfortunate person. If they were bored, they would grab stones and throw them at their victim; thus increasing dying speed--and pain.
The Keep Torture
  Known as "The Keep", this is one of the most embarrassing and painful tortures ever designed by the human mind. A victim would be sometimes fixed with iron nails to the cage and the door would be shut forever. The small openings in "The Keep" were big enough for hungry birds to eat whatever they could. The defenseless victim, having his arms tied with a rope, had nothing better to do than to hysterically stare at the birds--and other animals--eating him alive.
Normally suited for nobles and the alike, this torture wasn't only painful; but socially speaking, it killed whatever honor a person had left. The cage would be hung on the main square--or on a church--exhibiting the victim's fate to a whole town.
After many days of agonizing and severe pain, the unlucky person would finally pass out. Sometimes the townspeople would throw stones or other objects to "awake" him.
In the most severe punishments, the victim would be let down; and after a week or so of resting, he would be put up there again. Sometimes this intermittent punishment occurred three or four times until he was sent to another torture machine or until he finally died because of the birds--and the sun.
 Chair of Torture
 Just looking at the "chair" will make a person understand why medieval torture is so terrible. The unlucky victim would be forced to sit down on the chair. The stick that can be seen in the leg-level of the chair has a handle that was intended to push the victim's legs even harder against the tips. If this wasn't enough, a similar device can also be seen for the hands, back and feet.
Even though this torture gives a sense of a quick death; a person could last a day or more sitting on the chair. This way of torture was normally used to make a person confess anything. If he told the truth, he'd be given a quick death. If he refused, the torturer could turn the handle a little bit more, and the victim would feel an indescribable pain.
The victim would be alive until his blood slowly drained out of his body. This took a while because the tips themselves--and the pressure being exerted on the victim--would stop the blood from pouring out rapidly.
This torture wasn't used a lot. In fact, it was rarely used. But when a person was sentenced to it, he'd find a way to prevent it. There are records of people committing suicide before actually being subject to this torture.
Dunk Stool
  The Dunk Stool was a torture commonly used to make witches confess their witchery and heresy. It consisted of a simple chair tied to a three or a stick.
The victim would be intermittently submerged in a river or pond. At the beginning, he or she would be submerged for less than a minute, but if the victim refused to reveal information or deny charges; the period of under water could increment dramatically; up to two minutes or more.
Eventually, the victim died. Nevertheless, death by the Dunk Stool was better than what would await a witch or sorcerer if proven guilty.
The Head Vice Medieval Torture
During the Inquisition, new ways for torture were sought - that is ways without "breaking any skin" as the church dictated.
The Head Vice did not break any skin by itself, but it was nevertheless; very deadly and painful.
What did the Head Vice consist of? For Heretics, the church could sentence them to death with the Head Vice - a device just big enough to fit the victim's head which would be tightened eventually crushing the victim's teeth and breaking bones. Ultimately, the victim's eyes would fall out of their sockets.
This was, of course, a very innovative torture and also very messy. Reason for which, torturers sometimes preferred to make another vice instead of cleaning the one with the person's eyes on it. Of course meaner executioners took advantage of this and simply used it with all the remainings on the new victim - which were quite frequent.
The Cat's Paw - Torture Device
This torture was used to punish any type of offenders. Nevertheless, it was commonly reserved for thieves and unfaithful wives.
The cat's paw could be used to rip off the skin of any part of the body including, but not limited to, the breasts, face, back or chest.
This torture very frequently caused death not because of the injuries per se, but because of the infections that came along with the torture as sometimes the cat's paw would cut so deeply that one could see the bone itself which, combined with the fact that this device was very seldom - if at all - washed, could bring deadly infections and diseases.
The Chastity Belt
 The chastity belt was widely used in Italy and later on it spread to France during the XV century.
The true use of the chastity belt is unknown. Many historians state that the belt was made to prevent women from being raped while their husbands were away - this is backed up by the fact that many belts were made of luxurious materials such as silver and gold.
Nevertheless, other chastity belts have been found which suggest a much meaner use.
The Wheel Torture Device - Deadly and Painful
When the offense was not serious enough, sometimes the victim would survice. Those who survived narrate The Wheel as being the most painful torturing device ever made.
Of course this is very subjective because there was no comparison in the first place, but there is something very clear: The Wheel was terribly painful and mostly deadly.
The wheel had many variants out of which using horses for pulling a person was the most common. In order to accomplish this, the victim would have his feet tied with a rope to a caged wild horse. His hands would be sometimes fixed to the wall (sometimes with nails to imitate Jesus Christ and give it a more religious meaning).
When everything was ready, the horse would be ordered to ride at full speed with the only impediment of the agonizing human. After much struggle from the horse, the person's bones would finally break. For very strong people, sometimes two or three horses were used instead of one to accelerate the process and make it overall more painful and faster.