By Nihaal Aziz
 The Spanish Donkey was definitely a feared object in
the middle ages. A prisoner would sit on a thin piece of
wood while heavy weights were added to their feet,
and with enough weight, the wedge could even cut
through the victim’s body. More weights would be
added until it is too difficult for the prisoner to handle
and they would have to confess.
 Skeffington’s Irons was named after its inventor which
was Sir Leonard Skeffington who was actually once the
head torturer for King Henry the eighth. It was
basically designed to keep the prisoner in a very
uncomfortable position to force them to confess.
Either they could own up to the unlawful act or they
could have their back brocken. This particular torment
was not actually used that often.
 The victim would be stretched for hours. This causes
the prisoners to get dislocated bones. There were no
laws or rules to protect the treatment of prisoners who
faced torture and there was only one rack in all of
England and it was located in the Tower of London.
 The prisoner would be hung above a sharp pointy
pyramid and then he/she would be put onto it. The
sharp pointy part would go up between the legs.
 Someone would have to lay underneath a big wooden
board while heavy stones or weights would be added
on top of the board. If the prisoner does not confess,
more stones would be put on top until he/she finally
confesses to the crime.
 The prisoner would have to wear a heavy metal boot
with big wooden wedges would be hammered down
the sides. Eventually the leg and the ankles would be
crushed very badly.

Torture In The Tudor Times