Put To Question: The Pear

Put To Question: The Pear of Anguish

Torture was not allowed under English law . . .
but those Wise Women who helped young lassies to miscarry their shame were sometimes punished with The Pear of
Anguish:

 

It was pushed up between the legs and unscrewed into four brutal petals that tore the insides apart.

 

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