Little did we know, it was basically the Museum of Horrors. Practically the Victoria Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors, without the wax people. Or things that were fake. Or things that were not actually used to torture people.
Oh yeah, it was a museum of torture devices used during the Inquisition (not recreations, they were actually used), complete with pictures and explanations on how and why they were used.
And actually, some of these methods were used as late as the 1800s, so some of them aren't even technically Medieval! That is rather terrifying..
So here we go, the torture museum.
Or as this person put it, it was "The Killing Museum."
This blog is not for the weak stomached. But it's kind of a "I saw this, so now you have to see it too" situation.
They had outwardly pointed teeth...
This is the Iron Gag. It was placed around the neck and tightly secured, then that small hole allowed air for the person to breathe but muffled any of the screams. It was used so the accused would not interrupt any of the ceremony with cries of distress.
Something that has been pointed out to me since publishing this blog is that most of the people depicted in the pictures are women.
It does make sense since women were considered carriers of evil (Darn you, Eve!) and were definitely chattel, so apparently they spent a lot of time being tortured. Also women were almost always the ones accused of witchcraft. Poor, poor women.
Women were considered evil because Eve tempted Adam, though as my mother said, "I would call the Adam/Eve incident a case of "Satan just happened to talk to her first."
This is the head crusher.
The accused, aka the victim's chin was placed on the lower bar and the head shaped part was placed on top of the head.
Stop reading if you get squeamish.
According to the terrifying description on the sign, the teeth were crushed first into their sockets, followed by the surrounding bone. Then the eyes would pop out of their sockets, then the brain would squirt out of all the broken pieces of bone.
Luckily, according to the sign, this is no longer used as a means of capital punishment, but a softer version complete with cap and bar is still used to interrogate people, but is padded so it doesn't leave a mark on the person being interrogated. Good heavens, this is still being used!?!!!?! This is completely horrifying.
To quote "Ever After," "That is positively medieval!"
To the right is the guillotine.
This is the "Barrel of Shame," which people were placed in as a form of shame. Some were closed, so they had to sit in it for forever. Or it was open at the bottom and they would walk in shame around and be insulted and stoned.
It was used on people who drank too much alcohol.
Much more gruesome than the cone of shame.
Below the horrible pitchfork things is the Spiked Collar, originally intended just for torture, but eventually, due to inevitable infection, began being used as a capital punishment tool. A very slow and agonizing capital punishment tool
There is one that I will not put on here, because I refused to take a picture of it because it's horrible. It's called the Pear of Anguish. I can't even write what this was used for, because it's terrible. You can look it up for yourself if you are interested.
And that's the end of the horror museum. It will haunt you forever. I couldn't have it haunting only me, so this is for all of you. Just remember, all of these were used at some point during the Inquisition. They were not fake pieces.