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

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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.

Title: Tortures and Torments of the Christian Martyrs

Author: Gallonio, the Rev. Father

City: London and Paris

Date: 1903

Total items: 12

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: 4.---Suspended by the feet, and the head beaten with hammers, etc.]

4.—Suspended by the feet, and the head beaten with hammers, etc.

A. Martyr suspended by the feet, and his head at the same time pounded with hammers.
B. Martyr suspended by the hands, which are tied behind his back, heavy weights being fastened to his feet and round his neck. [more...] [$]

[picture: 5.---Suspended with great weights on the shoulders, and a gag fixed in the mouth.]

5.—Suspended with great weights on the shoulders, and a gag fixed in the mouth.

A. Martyr suspended by the hands, which are bound behind his back, and having the shoulders weighted with lumps of salt, a wooden gag being also forced into his mouth.
B. Martyr suspended by a hook. [more...] [$]

[picture: 6.---Martyrs bound to the circumference of a great wheel, and rolled down a precipice]

6.—Martyrs bound to the circumference of a great wheel, and rolled down a precipice

“Sometimes Martyrs were bound to the circumference of great wheels, and so hurled from a height over stony places.” (p. 26) [more...] [$]

[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...] [$]


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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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