Put To Question: The Thumbscrews
Torture was not allowed under English law without permission from the king
but the thumbscrews or pilniewinks crushed even the strongest will.
“. . . in 1596, the son and daughter of Aleson Balfour, who was accused of witchcraft, were tortured to make her confess her crime in the manner following: Her son was put in the buits where he suffered fifty-seven strokes; and her daughter about seven years old, was put in the pilniewinks . . .”