Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs (page 1/3)


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Title: Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs

Author: Gallonio, the Rev. Father

City: London and Paris

Date: 1903

Total items: 12

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[picture: Martyrs being tortured with red-hot iron and with fire]

Martyrs being tortured with red-hot iron and with fire

A. Martyrs whose hand is filled with incense mingled with live coals, and who is being constrained by the pain to scatter the incense, is said to have made sacrifice to the idol. [more...]

[picture: Title Page]

Title Page

Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs
From the “DE SS MARTYRUM CRUCIATIBUS”
OF THE REV. FATHER GALLONIO [more...]

[picture: 2.---Bound hand and foot to stakes and smeared with honey, and so left exposed to the sun, to be tortured by the stings of bees and other insects]

2.—Bound hand and foot to stakes and smeared with honey, and so left exposed to the sun, to be tortured by the stings of bees and other insects

A. Martyr suspended by both feet, and a great stone fastened to his neck. B. Sometimes the Blessed Martyrs, after being smeared with honey, were bound [naked] to stakes fixed in the ground, and so exposed to the rays of the sun, to be tortured by the stings of flies and bees. C. Martyr suspended by one foot; one leg is bent at the knee, which is constricted [...] [more...]

[picture: 1.---Martyrs suspended by one or both feet, by the arms with heavy weights attached to the feet; crucified; Christian women hung up by the hair]

1.—Martyrs suspended by one or both feet, by the arms with heavy weights attached to the feet; crucified; Christian women hung up by the hair

A. Martyrs suspended by one foot.
B. Suspended by both feet.
C. Raised on the cross head uppermost.
D. Nailed to the cross, head downwards.
E. Hung up by both arms, heavy weights being attached to the feet.
F. Christian women suspended by the hair.
G. Martyrs hung up by one arm only, ponderous stones being fastened to their feet. [more...]


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Images and Extracts from Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs From the “De SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus” of the Rev. Father Galliano, translated and adapted by A. R. Allinson, M.A. Oxon., 1903

The book is illustrated with 46 somewhat gruesome plates. The French version is online at the Library of Congress. I have scanned the images at higher resolution, but have not scanned the text.

I note that the text clearly claims in more than one place that the Jews crucified Christ, even though the Gospels are quite clear that it was the Romans and not the Jews. This appears to have been standard Roman Catholick doctrine for many centuries.

The book first appeared in 1591; the copper-plate engravings were engraved by Antonio Tempesta of Firenza (Florence) after the designs of Giovanni de Guerra of Modena, painter to Pope Sixtus V. The book was intended for the “edification of the faithful” and was issued with the approval and authority of the Roman Catholic Church.

The edition of which I have a copy claims to be the first in English, and was produced in 1903. Alfred Richard Allinson appears to have been active as a translator from the 1860s until 1913; subsequent books bearing his name as translator appear to be using older texts. As a result I believe this text to be in the public domain.

I am also working on a transcription of the text of this book; the table of contents only gives Chapter 1 so far.


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