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The purpose of this device is fairly obvious.  The victim is made to site on the chair with the straps tightening to drive the spikes into his or her flesh.  Weights could also be used as well as blows with mallets to further the damage.  While quite painful, the chair itself was not always immediately fatal.  However, infection and tetanus claimed many victims days or weeks after their ordeal.

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Just looking at the "chair" will make a person understand why medieval torture is so terrible. The unlucky victim would be forced to sit down on the chair. The stick that can be seen in the leg-level of the chair has a handle that was intended to push the victim's legs even harder against the tips. If this wasn't enough, a similar device can also be seen for the hands, back and feet.

Even though this torture gives a sense of a quick death; a person could last a day or more sitting on the chair. This way of torture was normally used to make a person confess anything. If he told the truth, he'd be given a quick death. If he refused, the torturer could turn the handle a little bit more, and the victim would feel an indescribable pain.

The victim would be alive until his blood slowly drained out of his body. This took a while because the tips themselves--and the pressure being exerted on the victim--would stop the blood from pouring out rapidly.

This torture wasn't used a lot. In fact, it was rarely used. But when a person was sentenced to it, he'd find a way to prevent it. There are records of people committing suicide before actually being subject to this torture.



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