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  • It's the Middle Ages and you feel like venting some of your frustrations.

  • In those days there were no such things as social media pages or YouTube comments'

  • boxes, so what a person might have done is taken a knife and etched their anger into

  • the side of a wooden building.

  • They might have written something like, “Down with the King!” orSatan is my savior!”

  • and for that bit of serious vandalism they would have been in big trouble if it was discovered

  • they were the author of those shocking words.

  • A suitable punishment might well have been coffin torture, and you'll soon see why

  • this was one of the worst punishments ever.

  • Ok, so firstly, we are not talking about premature burial, aka, being buried alive.

  • That nasty practice has been used as a method of execution throughout the ages, but it's

  • not the topic of today's show.

  • We're also not talking aboutimmurementor what is sometimes called beingwalled

  • uporwalled in.”

  • We've been there and done that.

  • Coffin torture at first sight might not look anywhere near as bad as being walled in, but

  • as you shall see, that all depends on how it was done.

  • So, let's say you lived in that period they call The Middle Ages.

  • That's a pretty long stretch of time, since the period spans from the 5th century to the

  • 15th century.

  • Maybe inhmm…1456, a man did indeed vandalize a public building with words that could be

  • said to be a threat to national security or construed as blasphemy.

  • Maybe a public crime should result in a public punishment.

  • This is where coffin torture comes in.

  • In some cases this might consist of a person being confined to a very small metal or wooden

  • cage, and that cage was then strung up to a structure we sometimes call a gibbet.

  • He could also have just been strung up to a tree.

  • So, a person might have been put in something that looked like a bird cage and then strung

  • up in the air.

  • The cage might also have been something much more uncomfortable, something that looked

  • like a cage fitted around the human bodylike a cage suit.

  • This suit was what you might calltight-fitting”, and being hugged by metal is rather more painful

  • than being hugged by expensive soft fabric.

  • So, let's say you were the person who wrote those terrible messages left for the public

  • to see.

  • In those days, saying that kind of thing would have offended a lot of people.

  • They wouldn't have just said some bad things about you or blocked you from their yard,

  • and there was no doxxing back then, so the masses of the town might have turned up to

  • see you hanging in your cage.

  • This is where it can get really bad.

  • You see, the angry mob might have come armed with rocks, or even wooden spears, and you

  • would have been target practice.

  • After a few hours of being pelted by rocks and sharp objects, the person in the coffin

  • would either have been seriously injured or even dead.

  • This might not have happened, though, and let's say an order had been issued that

  • the public should not throw things at the person.

  • That's because there's another kind of torture calledexposure.”

  • We can tell you that if you were merely dressed in rags, or even left naked, a couple of days

  • hanging in a cage during a European winter would have been brutal, if not deadly.

  • A hot summer wouldn't have been very nice, either.

  • Some sources tell us that the person would just be left there to die, and notwithstanding

  • the weather, it only takes about three days without water to kill a person.

  • The dead man or woman might then have been left up there while ravenous birds and insects

  • make a meal out of the corpse.

  • Rats are also pretty good at climbing trees, and there were always plenty of them around

  • in those days.

  • And by God, we can tell you that blasphemy back in the past was one serious crime, as

  • was stating that you weren't that keen on the King.

  • People's freedom of speech you might say was somewhat limited.

  • We imagine at some point in your life you've written something online that could have gotten

  • you killed a few hundred years ago.

  • As for real-life cases, there is the story of the highwayman named John Whitfield who

  • it's said kept part of the English countrysidein a state of terror.”

  • His death sentence was being chained up and hung from a gibbet.

  • The St. James's Chronicle states that this happened on August 12th, 1768.

  • He was just left there to die.

  • One of the most famous pictures of someone strapped inside a coffin is that of an Scottish

  • man named William Kidd.

  • He was a pirate hunter, but he was said to be something of a savage himself.

  • The authorities after a while said this man was not just a pirate hunter, but a pirate

  • himself.

  • The Parliament of England sentenced him to death in 1701.

  • We should say, though, that he was hanged first and then strung up in a cage just so

  • people could see what happened to wrongdoers.

  • 1701 wasn't the Middle Ages, so we guess the English improved their stance on human

  • rights somewhat.

  • Actually, at the time, Gibbeting dead men was a bit of a tourist attraction for people

  • who were visiting London, but the locals complained that it was rather gruesome and the stench

  • of a rotting body was horrible.

  • Imagine today walking over one of those wonderful bridges in London and seeing a putrefying

  • corpse in a cage.

  • Oh, how times have changed.

  • In fact, putting dead bodies on display wrapped in iron was common all over the world, including

  • what we now call the USA.

  • The practice happened a few times when the country was still under British rule, although

  • we found one case when this happened to Cuban pirates who were put in cages to rot in New

  • York in 1815.

  • It seems this public display of the dead happened mostly in the 19th and 18th centuries, and

  • the live coffin torture and exposure happened in the centuries before that.

  • Maybe you missed some of our other gruesome punishment videos, so now we'll give you

  • two of them which we think are outstanding.

  • So, take a look at one of these, “The Catherine Wheel - Worst Punishments In The History of

  • MankindorThe Brazen Bull (Worst Punishment in the History of Mankind).”

It's the Middle Ages and you feel like venting some of your frustrations.

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棺桶責め-人類史上最悪の刑罰 (Coffin Torture - Worst Punishments in the History of Mankind)

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    Annie Huang に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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