The World According to Idiots

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Knee Splitter
A popular torture device during the Inquisition, the knee splitter does what it says: split victims’ knees and render them useless. Built from two spiked wood blocks, the knee splitter is placed on top of and behind the knee of its victims. Two large screws connecting the blocks are then turned, causing the two blocks to close towards each other and effectively destroy a victim’s knee. This device could also be used to inflict damage on other parts of the body such as the arms.

I’m not sure how it was determined, but the BBC show on medieval life had a segment on torture, and this was featured as something common in the more northerly and eastern parts of Europe during the inquisition. The professor commented that within the Iberian peninsula and Italian areas where Inquisitioners were, non-lethal torture instruments were not commonly used; instruments that could kill were simply used to varying degrees of harshness.
Again, I’m not sure how it was determined, and I couldn’t find any corroborating evidence online. But hey…it’s the BBC, and a Cambridge medieval studies professor. So even if it’s just the professor’s speculation, I’ll believe it until I see evidence to the contrary. 

I should bring my brother and his friends to the Torture Museum this Summer. Great educational experience.   Is that still in Balboa park?  Anyone from San Diego, my followers?

Not from around there, but the huge “Organized Evil” torture exhibition that was at the Museum of Man in Balboa for a while has moved on (or was stored? not sure). They currently have a “modern mummies” thing going on, with some really fascinating-looking lectures going on through October (I really wish I could see what they have to say about death/dying/mourning in America; the guy running that lecture studies early Americans and their rituals…). Buuuut if they’re kids, it doesn’t look amazingly enrapturing. Go take them to Prague :D That Torture Museum is amazing.

biomedicalephemera:

fredantonia:

biomedicalephemera:

ramirez-dahmer-bundy:

Knee Splitter

A popular torture device during the Inquisition, the knee splitter does what it says: split victims’ knees and render them useless. Built from two spiked wood blocks, the knee splitter is placed on top of and behind the knee of its victims. Two large screws connecting the blocks are then turned, causing the two blocks to close towards each other and effectively destroy a victim’s knee. This device could also be used to inflict damage on other parts of the body such as the arms.

I’m not sure how it was determined, but the BBC show on medieval life had a segment on torture, and this was featured as something common in the more northerly and eastern parts of Europe during the inquisition. The professor commented that within the Iberian peninsula and Italian areas where Inquisitioners were, non-lethal torture instruments were not commonly used; instruments that could kill were simply used to varying degrees of harshness.

Again, I’m not sure how it was determined, and I couldn’t find any corroborating evidence online. But hey…it’s the BBC, and a Cambridge medieval studies professor. So even if it’s just the professor’s speculation, I’ll believe it until I see evidence to the contrary. 

I should bring my brother and his friends to the Torture Museum this Summer. Great educational experience.   Is that still in Balboa park?  Anyone from San Diego, my followers?

Not from around there, but the huge “Organized Evil” torture exhibition that was at the Museum of Man in Balboa for a while has moved on (or was stored? not sure). They currently have a “modern mummies” thing going on, with some really fascinating-looking lectures going on through October (I really wish I could see what they have to say about death/dying/mourning in America; the guy running that lecture studies early Americans and their rituals…). Buuuut if they’re kids, it doesn’t look amazingly enrapturing. Go take them to Prague :D That Torture Museum is amazing.

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