Below are pictures of a woman known as Banshee who is the inspiration for this Pear of Anguish. Brown patina with the high spots rubbed slightly. As a warning against further dissent, their remains were often displayed at prominent places, such as London Bridge. The breaking wheel was a torturous capital punishment device used in the Middle Ages and early modern times for public execution by cudgelling to death, especially in France and Germany. Wedges were hammered in between the casing and the victim's flesh.
With the piercless version that I have created there is no longer a need for that painful piercing. This method was widely used during the Spanish Inquisition and in England and France. Once the seed of doubt was raised I re-examined the device itself, and am now thouroughly convinced it is a tool of some sort. The only sources that claim anal or vaginal usage for the choke-pear are modern, current, websites. Truly unique, they say! Keeping them all as separate paragraphs seems a little visually awkward and difficult to read. Before they were hanged, prisoners normally gave a public speech, expressing their remorse and asking for forgiveness.
The moment their head dropped with fatigue, the prongs pierced their throat or chest, causing great pain. The body was then decapitated, signalling an unquestionable death, and quartered. I would simply restore it, but given the level of controversy and discussion about this page a few years back, I'll wait a little while for feedback before doing so. The dispute over the origin and purpose of these devices has been going on for several years, and we still have no solid evidence to back up the museum labels. Many defendants charged with capital offences refused to plead, since by refusing they would escape forfeiture of property, and their heirs would still inherit their estate. An unpopular one could expect whipping, bastinado or even to be stoned to death.
Attempts to undermine his authority were viewed with as much seriousness as if the accused had made a direct assault on his body, which itself would be an attack on his status as sovereign. The boots were filled with boiling water, or molten lead, to consume the feet and legs. Here the victim was placed in a cage just big enough to accommodate the body, but not large enough to allow movement. The height of the spear indicated the rank of the victim. William Jobling was a miner hanged and gibbeted for the murder of Nicholas Fairles, a colliery owner and local magistrate, near Jarrow, Durham. You can remain fully anonymous.