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Infernal device : the machinery of torture and execution

Author: Erik C Rühling
Publisher: New York : Disinformation, [2007]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Erik Ruhling assembles an unmatched array of torture tools invented exclusively for the infliction of pain and the ending of life, each carefully researched with an accompanying full-color, highly detailed rendering."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik C Rühling
ISBN: 9781932857894 1932857893
OCLC Number: 191889977
Description: xi, 91 pages : color illustrations ; 17 x 24 cm
Contents: I. Punishments vile: an assortment of cruel and unusual tortures --
Barrel pillory --
Bell collar --
Ducking stool --
The gibbet --
Noisemaker's fife --
Branks --
Piety belt --
Chain scourge --
II. Crushing embrace: a collection of compression devices --
Head crusher --
Skull splitter --
Scavenger's daughter --
Knee splitter --
Foot press --
Thumbscrews --
Spanish boot --
III. Fearful penetration: a gallery of incisions and penetrations --
Interrogation chair --
Iron maiden --
Heretic's fork --
St. Elmo's belt --
IV. The unkindest cut: a number of wounding devices --
Ear chopper --
Mutilation shears --
Mouth opener & tongue tearer --
Guillotine --
V. Sheer brutality: a mass of vile inventions --
The wheel --
Brazen bull --
The rack --
Judas cradle --
Spanish donkey --
Garrote --
Pear of anguish.
Responsibility: Erik C. Rühling.

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"Erik Ruhling assembles an unmatched array of torture tools invented exclusively for the infliction of pain and the ending of life, each carefully researched with an accompanying full-color, highly detailed rendering."--Jacket.

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