- What were dungeons like? Description?
- Who were thrown into dungeons?
- Were Instruments of Torture used on the unfortunate Castle prisoners?
- What was the Origin, Meaning or Definition of the Dungeon in a Castle?
Instruments of Torture used in the Castle Dungeon
The Castle Dungeon was a terrifying prison. In extreme circumstances the Dungeon was also used as a place to torture prisoners - there screams could not be easily heard anywhere else in the Castle. The Instruments of torture used on Medieval Prisoners included Branding Irons, the Rack, the Scavenger's Daughter, the Collar. Other types of torture included Whipping, Pressing, Boiling in oil water or lead, Starvation and Cutting off various items of the anatomy - hands, ears etc
Castle Dungeon - Part of a Medieval Castle
The Castle Dungeons was introduced with Plantagenet castles during the Medieval period 1154 - 1485. The most prolific of the castle builders were the Plantagenet English King, Edward I. These great old castles were built for Medieval warfare and defence and new parts of the castle were designed accordingly including a prison for any captives!