The ‘pear of anguish’: Truth, torture and dark medievalism

  title={The ‘pear of anguish’: Truth, torture and dark medievalism},
  author={Chris Bishop},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={591 - 602}
  • C. Bishop
  • Published 8 May 2014
  • History
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
This article examines the historical truth of the ‘pear of anguish’ – a common exhibit in European dungeon museums that has recently made its way into the popular imagination by way of TV shows and internet sites. Like the ‘chastity belt’ before it, the ‘pear of anguish’ evidences the ‘dark medievalism’ of the modern consciousness, a dystopian view of the Middle Ages that imagines pre-Reformation Europe as a nexus of cruelty and sexual perversion. The historical reality, however, traced here… 

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