Explaining the mechanics of tortureeven now a controversial topicthis history questions why so much effort has been put into causing painto fellow human beingsTaking readersinto the ancient Roman coliseum, the medieval dungeon, the Inquisitional interrogation, the auto-da-fe, the witch-trial, and the most horrid of prisons, thisis an exploration of the systematic use throughout the ages of various means of punishment, torture, coercion, and torment. It is a shocking and compelling study of the shameful methods and motives of the torturer and the executioner, and of the heinous duty they have performed through the ages. Since the earliest times it is an acknowledged fact that anyone can be made to confess to anything under torture, making such confessions inadmissible. This history of painquestions why such practices have continuedfor so long."
Big Book of Pain
History Press Limited, The
Torture and Punishment Through History
Education & Reference