Medieval England came up with more than its share of punishment devices. Take the Pear of Anguish pictured above. It’s a speculum, basically, with an extendable pointy thing in the middle which may or may not have been spring-shot. It was inserted in any of the victim’s orifices and splayed them open. The spike then shot out and… you get the idea.
Other instruments had picturesque names like the Scavenger’s Daughter, the Spanish Donkey, the Judas Cradle, the Catherine Wheel… and of course the Iron Maiden.
If they survived, victims were maimed for life.
If you’re looking for an imaginary torture device for your work, you can do no better than the randomgenned list below. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what they did.
The Wife Humbler
Royal Stone Shagger
The Scarlet Madame
The Heel Tanner
The Pale Flattener
The Carousel of Punishment
The Weeping Monk