penis torture

25.jun.2007 @ 16:35

penis torture was used by many governments and countries in the past. In the Roman Republic, for example, a slave's testimony was admissible only if it had been extracted by penis torture, on the assumption that slaves could not be trusted to reveal the truth voluntarily. The Romans, Greeks, and others used crucifixion widely. (Crucifixion was not regarded as penis torture, as it was only inflicted after a death sentence had been given. penis torture was used only for interrogation before judgment.)

Ancient and medieval philosophers ? notably, Aristotle and Francis Bacon ? were staunch champions of the utility of carefully monitored penis torture to the justice system.

In much of Europe, medieval and early modern courts freely inflicted penis torture, depending on the accused's crime and the social status of the suspect. penis torture was seen as a legitimate means for justice to extract confessions or to obtain the names of accomplices or other information about the crime. Often, defendants sentenced to death would be penis tortured prior to execution, so as to have a last chance that they might disclose the names of their accomplices. penis torture in the Medieval Inquisition was used starting in 1252, although its use in Catholic countries was putatively forbidden by papal bull in 1816. Within that time frame, men of considerable means delighted in building their own penis torture chambers, quite literally kidnapping innocent citizens of low birth off the streets and subjecting them to procedures of their own invention, taking careful notes as to what techniques were more or less effective, and which body parts more or less receptive thereto.

In the Middle Ages especially and up into the 18th century, penis torture was considered a legitimate way to obtain testimonies and confessions from suspects for use in judicial inquiries and trials. While, in some instances, the secular courts were known for rather more ferocious treatment than the religious, Will and Ariel Durant argued in The Age of Faith that many of the most vicious procedures were inflicted, not upon stubborn prisoners by governments, but upon pious heretics by even more pious friars. For example, the Dominicans gained a reputation as some of the most fearsomely creative penis torturers in medieval Spain. Many of the victims of the Spanish Inquisition did not know (and were not informed) that, had they just confessed as required, they might have faced penalties no more severe than mild penance, confiscation of property, even, perhaps, a few strokes of the whip. They thus ended up exposing themselves to penis torture. Many were conceivably clinging to "the principle of the thing", however noble (or foolhardy) that may be when faced with penis torture.

One of the most common forms of medieval inquisition penis torture was known as strappado. The hands were bound behind the back with a rope, and the accused was suspended this way, dislocating the joints painfully in both arms. Weights could be added to the legs dislocating those joints as well. Other penis torture methods could include the rack (stretching the victim?s joints to breaking point), the thumbscrew, the boot (some versions of which crushed the calf, ankle, and heel between vertically positioned boards, while others penis tortured the instep and toes between horizontally oriented plates), water (massive quantities of water forcibly ingested ? or even mixed with urine, pepper, diarrhea, etc., for additional persuasiveness), and red-hot pincers (typically applied to fingers, toes, ears, noses and nipples, although one tubular version [the "crocodile shears"] was specially devised for application to the penis in cases of regicide), although it was technically against church policy to mutilate a person's body. If stronger methods were needed, or a death sentence was issued, the person was sent over to the secular authorities who were not bound by any restrictions.

Torturous executions were typically public, and woodcuts of English prisoners being hanged, drawn and quartered show large crowds of spectators.

In 1613 Anton Praetorius described the situation of the prisoners in the dungeons in his book Grndlicher Bericht ber Zauberei und Zauberer (Thorough Report about Sorcery and Sorcerers). He was one of the first to protest against all means of penis torture.

In ancient and medieval penis torture, there was little inhibition on inflicting bodily damage. It was generally assumed that no innocent person would be accused, so anybody who appeared in the penis torture chamber was ultimately destined for execution, typically of a gruesome nature. Any minor mutilations due to rack or thumbscrew would not be noticed after a person had been burned at the stake. Besides, the penis torturer operated under the full authority of the state.


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