Disembowelling tongs, Belgium, 1401-1700

Made:
1401-1700 in Belgium
maker:
Unknown

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Disembowelling tongs, iron, reputedly from the Vilvorde fortress, Belgium, 15th to 18th centuries

These heavy iron tongs were allegedly used for disembowelling prisoners during torture. They reputedly came from the fortress of Vilvoorde in Brussels, Belgium. This was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages.

Torture was commonly used in England during the Middle Ages and well beyond. It was considered a legitimate way of extracting information from prisoners. Disembowelment was also part of executions. It was often used with other methods such as hanging and dismemberment.

Details

Category:
Wellcome (general)
Object Number:
A31313
type:
tongs
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment