BREAKING ON THE
See also:form of torture and execution formerly in use, especially in France and Germany . It is said to have been first used in the latter
See also:country, where the victim was placed on a cart-
See also:wheel and his limbs stretched out along the spokes . The wheel was made to slowly revolve, and the man's bones broken with blows of an iron
See also:bar . Sometimes it was mercifully ordered that the executioner should strike the criminal on chest and stomach, blows known as coups de
See also:grace, which at once ended the torture, and in France he was usually strangled after the second or third
See also:blow . A wheel was not always used In some countries it was upon a
See also:frame shaped like St Andrew's
See also:Cross that the sufferer was stretched . The punishment was abolished in France. at the Revolution . It was employed in Germany as
See also:late as 1827 . A murderer was broken on the
See also:row or wheel at
See also:Edinburgh in 1604, and two of the assassins of the
See also:regent Lennox thus suffered
See also:death .
WHEEL (0. Eng. hweol, hweohl, &c., cognate with Ice...
JOSEPH WHEELER (1836-1906)
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