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The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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An instrument of torture; consisted of an oblong wooden frame, fitted with cords and levers, by means of which the victim's limbs were racked to the point of dislocation; dates back to Roman times, and was used against the early Christians; much resorted to by the Spanish Inquisition, and also at times by the Tudor monarchs of England, though subsequently prohibited by law in England.


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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Rack'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/nut/r/rack.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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