>Medieval-Torture-Instruments >includes the fucking iron maiden I can see why people on /his/ like to shit on the Renaissance and Early Modern period so much, because it has such a better reputation than the Medieval period yet a lot of the shit that gets dumped in the 'myth-that-Medieval-Europe-was-horrible' pile deserves to be dumped in the Renaissance/Early Modern pile, even though I love both periods.
Possibly the most cruelest period of European history apart from the 20th century would have to be the 16th and 17th centuries, when there was real torture, real witch hunts, and real violence against civilian populations.
The Hundred Years War and the Plague were bad, but not quite so swift and concentratedly violent as the 30 Years War, French Wars of Religion, and German Peasants War.
Anyway, they were primarily violent because there were a lot of malicious people amongst a dense population that was greatly polarized by secular and nonsecular issues.
>>667550 The Persians and the chinks had worse shit my cuckolded friend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaphism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingchi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist_chop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishikozume
>>668893 On the iron maiden ; "However, no account has been found earlier than 1793, although medieval torture devices were catalogued and reproduced during the 19th century. Wolfgang Schild, a professor of criminal law, criminal law history, and philosophy of law at the University of Bielefeld, has argued that putative iron maidens were pieced together from artifacts found in museums to create spectacular objects intended for (commercial) exhibition "
Because most are just made up nonsense that were made in the 19th century and put in museum cabinets so that Victorian middle class people could feel good about being so much more enlightened than their ancestors.
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