Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs

Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs 



The Tortures and Torments

of the Christian Martyrs

(a Modern Edition)

 De SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus

 by Reverend Father Antonio Gallonio, translated from the Latin by A.R. Allison, 1591

Revised and Edited into Contemporary English by Geoffrey K. Mondello, 
Boston Catholic Journal 




"Father Gallonio's work was intended for the edification of the Faithful, and was issued with the full authority and approbation of the Church." 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A. R. Allison



CONTENTS



CHAPTER I 
Of the Cross, of Stakes, and Other Means by which the bodies of Christians remaining steadfast in their Confession of Christ were suspended 

CHAPTER II 
Of the Wheel, the Pulley, and the Press as instruments of torture

CHAPTER III 
Of the Wooden Horse as an instrument of Martyrdom; also of many different types of Bonds 

CHAPTER IV 
Of different instruments employed for Scourging the Blessed Martyrs 

CHAPTER V
Of instruments the Heathen used to Tear the Flesh of Christ's Faithful; to wit, Iron Claws and Currycombs

CHAPTER VI
Of Red-Hot Plates, Torches, and Blazing Brands

CHAPTER VII 
Of the Brazen Bull, Frying-Pan, Pot, Caldron, Gridiron, and Bedstead; likewise of the Chair, Helmet, and Tunic, and other instruments of Martyrdom using Red-Hot Iron

CHAPTER VIII 
Of other methods by which Christ's Holy Martyrs were Tortured with Fire 

CHAPTER IX 
Of other instruments of torture and methods employed for the tormenting of Christian Martyrs, such as School-Boy's Iron Styles, Nails, Saws, Spears, Swords, and Arrows; Tearing out the Inwards, Cutting the Throat, Beheading, Branding and Marking, Pounding with Axes and Clubs

CHAPTER X 
Of yet other instruments and methods of torture for afflicting Christian Martyrs, such as Amputating Women's Bosoms, Cutting out the Tongue, and Lopping-off the Hands and Feet, Pulling out the Teeth, Flaying Alive, Transfixing, and Exposing to Wild Beasts

CHAPTER XI 
Of still other tortures and methods of Martyrdom: Burying Alive, Throwing into Rivers, Wells, or Lime-Kilns; Cutting open the Stomach, and the Like

CHAPTER XII 
Of Martyrs driven into Exile, and condemned to Hard Labor or the Mines 

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