It’s difficult to start… I have spent the weekend with this book and I’ve got to say, that it is really something. My friend lent me this book. Originally, I just wanted to know something about how cruel could people be to each other in the Middle Ages, but this book is far more complex… And with today’s context of legally allowed torturing, its content is almost clairvoyante.
While reading this book, you will experience the excursion into the history and development of torturing. Not only across the time, but also across the regions and cultures of this planet.
But, do not expect, that you will find some detailed instructions how to torture people. Not at all. Author works primarily with the historical commentaries or detailed testimonies of the (survived) victims and with historical pictures or illustrations. There is only a few of really shocking photos or pictures.
But even only the description and testimonies of the victim are enough. And it is not surprising, that the roots of putting people to torture are things as, fear of the uncommon or unknown, paranoia, greed, lust for vengeance and, of course, the satisfaction of making people suffer.
So, if you want to know, how cruel have people been to each other, read this book. It does not take a long time to read it, but the impression it gives is really strong.
Have a nice day
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