The Spanish Donkey

The Spanish Donkey

Old Spanish donkeyThis version looks like it’s been embellished, I doubt our mediaeval friends would not have gone to the trouble of adding the donkey head and reins, but it’s a thoughtful touch by the museum.

The way this torture device works is fairly simple.  The unfortunate individual would sit on the back of the donkey (whilst undressed), and weights were attached to their feet on either side.  This reconstruction (above) doesn’t reflect the actual shape too well, a more accurate version (right) would display a very sharp apex and steep sides, so that high pressure was created at the apex.  It’s said that the pressure eventually caused the body to be split in half – a most gruesome torture and ending!

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Nigel Jones

Nigel’s has been publishing magazines since 1995 (some 20+ years now). Passionate about our countryside and heritage, the magazines reflect this interest. Nigel’s the Editor of the DEVONSHIRE magazine which he established in 2009 and founder of the innovative HUBCAST event promotion platform which launched in 2011