Starting today I'll be posting medieval stuff, from warfare to torture devices!
1) The Heretics Fork
This thing is practically the definition of pain! It consisted of nothing more than a leather belt and a long piece of metal molded into the shape of a double sided fork. It was used mainly during the Spanish Inquisition. It was used to get confessions from suspected criminals. The suspected criminal would have this device wrapped around their neck with one end of the metal barbs sticking in their chest and the other end under their chin. They would also be suspended somehow so they could not lie down. The victim would be awake for days on end. The victim would also be forced to mouth the word “abiuro” which means (I recant). If they could not say it then they would be burned alive or hanged.