Definition of Torture
The definition of torture is the deliberate, systematic, cruel and
wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more
torturers in an attempt to force another person to yield information,
to make a confession, as part of a punishment or for any other reason.
Torture devices or tools
to inflict unbearable agony on a victim.
The objectives of torture were to intimidate, deter, revenge or punish.
Or as a tool or a method for the extraction of information or
The definition of punishment is to
impose or inflict something unpleasant or aversive on a person in
response to disobedient or morally wrong behavior. Punishment means to
impose a penalty for a wrong committed.
Chambers and Dungeons
The torture chambers were located in
the lower parts of castles. The entrances to many torture chambers were
accessed through winding passages which served to muffle the agonising
cries of torture victims from the normal inhabitants of the castle.
Torture chambers and dungeons were often
very small some measured only eleven feet long by seven feet wide in
which from ten to twenty prisoners were often incarcerated at the same
was condemned in 866
The barbarous custom of punishment
by torture was on several occasions condemned by the Church. As early as
866, we find, from Pope Nicholas V's letter to the Bulgarians, that
their custom of torturing the accused was considered contrary to divine
as well as to human law: "For," says he, "a confession should be
voluntary, and not forced. By means of the torture, an innocent man may
suffer to the utmost without making any avowal; and, in such a case,
what a crime for the judge! Or the person may be subdued by pain, and
may acknowledge himself guilty, although he be not so, which throws an
equally great sin upon the judge." Despite this, and other pleas, the
practise of torturing victims continued. Medieval Torture was a freely
accepted form of punishment and was only abolished in
England in 1640.