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Cookin' dem bones

Extreme heat as a torture does not stop at the stake, oh no, there are plenty of deviously evil ways to cook a heretic. When I say cook I mean cook, some of the "well done" corpses were sometimes force fed to the other heretics. I'm not a expert on the subject but charcoal flesh does not sound all that pleasing espeacially when you heard that person cooking for about an hour.

Frying has to be the worst of all, your put on or in metal casket and cooked to death. It starts to heat up and the metal turns red torching you skin, fusing it to the iron. And sometimes its not even the metal that scars you, sometimes its just the awful heat that roasts your body or the lack of air.

And Boiling is about the equivilant to putting yourself in a McDonald's deep fryer, exept that sometimes they used molten lead.




Perilaus's Brazen Bull

The classical record is vague about trial by ordeal, but, thanks to the writing of the Roman satirist Lucian in the 2nd century BC, we have a camparatively detailed knowledge of that diabolical engine of torture, Perilaus's Brazen Bull. The inventor Perilaus constructed a life-size bronze sculpture of a bull with a rear entrance providing access to its belly. Here, hapless victims were enclosed while a fire lit beneath the creature's belly. By an elaborate system of pipes, cunningly contrived, the victim's screams issued from the bull's mouth in a form of a gentle lowing. Proudly presenting his invention to the Greek tyrant Phalaris, Perilaus was taken aback to find himself siezed and put inside. No fitter end could there be for the deviser of such a diabolical instrument, said Phalaris.