Photo Gallery: Torture in the Dark Ages
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Photo Gallery: Torture in the Dark Ages

Purification Through Pain A Fresh Look at Torture in the Middle Ages

A German researcher has studied medieval criminal law and found that our image of the sadistic treatment of criminals in the Dark Ages is only partly true. Torture and gruesome executions were designed in part to ensure the salvation of the convicted person's soul.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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