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posted 03-13-2001 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob   Click Here to Email Rob     Edit/Delete Message
I am currently researching a documentary for London Weekend Television (LWT) and am keen to talk to people who know of interesting true stories associated with dungeons. Here is some further information about the programme to give you an idea about our project.

LWT has been commissioned by the Discovery Travel Channel to make a 60 minute programme on 'Dungeons'. The programme will be a travel show looking to reveal 'hidden' secrets of British history for American tourists planning to visit the UK. The intention is to give the impression of revealing secrets that only a few know. The programme will initially be shown on American television and will have a potential audience of 40 million.

We are looking for interesting stories relating to dungeons, the torture that took place inside them, modern-day uses for dungeons and anything else related to them. We are also keen to talk to experts in the field of dungeons & torture who would be able to help us find interesting places and characters for the documentary - as well as potentially feature in the programme themselves. The programme aims to incorporate dungeons around Europe as well as the UK

I am working towards a very tight deadline and ideally I would be keen to speak to someone this week (12th March) about the programme.

I hope this information is useful. Please phone me on my number below. I look forward to hearing from you,

Rob Lambie
Researcher LWT
(Direct) 020 7578 2381

posted 03-29-2001 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kassie   Click Here to Email Kassie     Edit/Delete Message
I recently watched a show on dungeons and i personaly know a few facts.There were various
ways of torturing people,iron mayden was a casket with iron or metal spikes,they would put you in this and you would have no room to move,if by any chance you did move you would be stabbed by the spikes.The rack was another way, they would tie your hands and feet to a board,and stretch you! OWWWW! Another torture I know of is a vice. This was put on your head and would tighten and keep tightening until eventuly your skull broke. I hope these will help they aren't too detailed.I do not know all that much about the dungeon itself but if i find anything I will let you know.


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posted 03-30-2001 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
Just a note about the 'iron maiden':

Such athing was shown to the public in the 'toture-chamber' of castle Kyburg until recently. As a kid I often visited that castle and thought of the cruelly killed victims of that machine.
Sorry to say that it was fake, same as all the stories that went with it. Like those metal-trousers that can be locked with a key, so the lord could be sure that no one touched his lady in his absence, the 'iron maiden' turned out to be a fantasy-product of the 18th/19th century. I know of no reference that mentions a medieval 'iron lady'. Or does such a thing exist in England? Our medieval tortourors had other methods, and they're as much as cruel as the one mentioned above...


posted 03-30-2001 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
There were many and varied instruments of torture, many with their own special names.
'The Brank' or 'Scolds Bridle', which was made of iron and fitted over the head. Idle chatter could be punished most serverly.
An old rhyme from Chester goes;
"Chester presents Walton with a bridle
To curb women's tounges that talk to idle"
Then there was always 'The Jougs', more used in Scotland. And might be found fitted to a church door, or a tree in the churchyard. It was a simple iron collar with a chain. A means of enforcing ecclesiatical discipline.
And so the list goes on. If you have the stomach for it !

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