Put To Question: Pressing

Torture isn’t allowed under English law –

but some folk still get pressed to death by the peine forte et dure!

pressing

“he will lie upon his back, with his head covered and his feet, and one arm will be drawn to one quarter of the house with a cord, and the other arm to another quarter, and in the same manner it will be done with his legs; and let there be laid upon his body iron and stone, as much as he can bear, or more …

(from the Curiosities of Cowel’s Interpreter)

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