The Guillotine

The Medieval Torture Museum

San Gimignano, Italy

It takes its name from its inventor, the French physician Ignace Guillotine. Among all the instruments we have taken into consideration, this is the most symbolic one.

Some engravings, mainly German ones, represent this beheading machine by means of a blade that falls between two vertical, parallel columns, since several centuries before 1789.

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