Medieval Torture Devices. Torture was used during the Middle Ages for three reasons:. To force confessions or secret information from those accused To discourage dissent and intellectual freedom To persuade Jews, Muslims, and other non-believers to accept Christianity.
Spikes in the Iron Maiden were strategically located to avoid major organs, thereby prolonging the inevitable death of the accused.
The bridle was used to silence women who nagged, questioned authority, or gossiped. It was painful as well as humiliating, for the gag had a barbed tongue-piece.
The Wheel produced such violent disturbances in the body as it was swung around that it could kill.The only marks it produced were bruises around the eyes.