Iron Torture Chair

Iron Torture Chair

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Caption: Iron Torture Chair, probably used by the Spanish Inquisition. There are many variants of the chair, though they all have spikes covering the back, arm-rests, seat, leg-rests, and foot-rests. The number of spikes ranges from 500 to 1, 500. The victim's wrists were tied to the chair or bars pushed the arms against arm-rests for the spikes to penetrate the flesh even further. In some versions of iron chair, there were holes under the chair's bottom where the torturer placed red hot coal to cause severe burns. In other versions weights would be placed on the victim's thighs or feet. In some there were spikes on the head rest. It was a common practice to extract a confession by forcing one victim to watch another being tortured with this instrument. No spikes penetrated a vital organ and wounds were closed by the spikes themselves, this delayed blood loss and ensured a lingering death.

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Keywords: blood, coal, death, feet, fire, flesh, hand, head, hot coal, inquisition, iron, iron torture chair, medieval, pain, red hot, spanish inquisition, spikes, thigh, torture, vital organ, weights, wound, wrist

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