Jacob Primmer in Rome

Jacob Primmer in Rome

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... accompanying illustration is from Limborch's celebrated History of the Inquisition. The torture chamber is a dark, subterranean dungeon. The Inquisitor-General is seated on a raised platform and issues directions as to the tortures. A priestly scribe at a table at the Inquisitor's feet is writing down whatever is extorted by torture from the several victims. Priests and monks One which gave "independence and liberty," as the Provisional Government expressed it, in January 1849. are applying the various tortures. There is first the torture of the pulley. The hands are tied behind the back, a rope is attached to them and put over a pulley fastened to the roof, weights are bound to his feet. At a signal the victim is pulled up to the ceiling and then let down with a rush to within a foot of the fioor; this dislocates the joints and causes exquisite pain. This is repeated again and again. The next torture is called the wooden horse. It is a long, wooden bench made hollow like a trough so as to contain a man lying on his back at full length; about the middle a round bar is laid across, upon which the victim rests with his feet much higher than his head. " As he is lying in this posture, his arms, thighs and shins are tied round with small cords or strings, which being drawn with screws at proper distances from each other, cut into the very bones, so as to be no onger discerned. "Besides this the torturer throws over his mouth and nostrils a thin cloth, so that he is scarce able to breathe through them, and in the meanwhile a small stream of water like a thread, not drop by drop, falls from on high upon the mouth of the person lying in this miserable con-. dition, and so easily sinks down the thin cloth to...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236744160
  • 9781236744166