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Iron maiden and other torture instruments
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An iron maiden  is a torture device which consists of an iron cabinet, with a hinged front, sufficiently tall to enclose a human being. Inside, it is usually lined with iron spikes.  It often has a small hatch,  so that the torturer can interrogate the victim. The iron maiden, though often associated with the Middle Ages,  was not invented until the late 18th century: no account of the iron maiden can be found earlier than 1793.