torture and Executions for capital offences
During the Elizabethan Era if someone performed a capital offence they would face a form of torture, execution, or even both.
The Iron Maiden was meant for a slow and painful form of execution for someone who has committed a capital offence. The Iron Maiden is an upright coffin-like object containing sharp metal spikes along the back of the Iron Maiden's interior and an hatch with metal spikes along it's interior that would close on the victim forcing them backwards piercing the victim from all angles with the metal spikes for a brutal execution.
The Pear of Anguish is arguably the most gruesome and painful form of torture and execution for someone who has committed a capital offence during the Elizabethan Era. The Pear of Anguish is a pear-shaped device made up of four leaf-like conjoined to a metal hinge and a crank at the top of the hinge. The Pear of Anguish would be placed into someones anus, mouth, or vagina and the 'leaves" would spread causing internal damage.
The Brazen Bull was a disgusting form of torture until death for people who committed a capital offence during the Elizabethan Era. The Brazen Bull is exactly what it sounds like, a large hollow brass statue of a bull, it had a small hatch on the side for the victim to enter. In most cases the tongue of the victim would be cut off before entering, the victim would be locked in the bull and executioners would set fire beneath the statue causing the bull to turn to reach scorching temperatures burning the victim inside to a very slow and painful death. The Brazen Bull was especially meant for crowds entertainment because the screams of the victim and the bull lighting would resemble a real bull providing the crowd entertainment.