strappado


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a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope

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Such "high value detainees" were exposed to death threats with handguns and power drills, water-boarded more than 180 consecutive times, and subjected to lifting "off the floor by arms, while arms were bound behind his back with a belt," a medieval form of torture known as strappado.
This alleged tortured [sic] included, among other things, the strappado stress position, whereby his hands were bound/shacked [sic] and he was suspended from the ceiling; the use of blunt objects (i.
The ensuing degrees of torture assumed an array of methods: the ordeal of water, the ordeal of fire, the strappado, the wheel, the rack, and the stivaletto--all used to break alleged heretics.
If one could put up with beggary, thievery, barbarities like the strappado (people dropped from heights to provoke dislocations), and omnipresent duelling, not to mention many Catholic festival days engendering unpuritanical behaviour, why the air, food, and general situation could marvellously restore one's health here.
Sundry medieval torturing devices would be employed to evoke my childhood days: Ah, the joys of the strappado and comfort of the rack.