The Breaking Wheel (Catherine's Wheel)
The victim is lashed upon a large wheel, with joints in paritcular places. They are then beaten with clubs, which combined with the pressure points of the spokes easily break bones and joints. The rubbery usless limbs are threaded through the spokes, and the wheel is placed up high for the victim to die of dehydration days later while being pecked at by birds. Mercy may be extended by strangulation of the victim after several blows, or a coup de grace.
A seventeenth-century chronicler wrote the victim looked like, "A sort of huge screaming puppet writhing in rivulets of blood, a puppet with four tentacles, like a sea monster, of raw, slimy and shapeless flesh mixed up with splinters of smashed bones."
This device is the opposite principle of the Duke of Exeter's daughter, more commonly known as the rack, and was created for the Tower of London as the rack was too difficult to move up and down the stairs. Instead of stretching the body, the victim is forced into a compressed kneel and the clamp tightened.
i read this article because i wanted to learn some new methods, and you guys are truly devious, which i enjoy. so i had a cruel idea that twists some areas of thought. bind victim in an iron ring, similar to the russian implement of torture "the street sweepers daughter". next, you take a needle, with a small broadhead , similar to a bowhunting shaft, but only an inch and a half from tip to tip, in a cross pattern. put string attached to the other end, maybe 4 feet of string, and start the torture. weave the needle into the victims flesh, all over their bodies making sure to make maybe three or four passes on their genitals, but no more. and weave the needle and string all over ther body. once done with the weave, pull the other end of the string so as to rip out the needle with the head of it ripping through the flesh, making it bleed a little bit. salt the wounds, and then let them recuperate for a time to let the injuries heal. wash, rinse repeat. they will not die from it unless you put the needle too deep. truly heinous.