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The legend of the iron maiden as a terrible instrument of torture and execution in Middle Ages emerged at the end of the 18th century. Equipped with an array of spikes on the inside, its gruesome effect was deployed when the cabinet was closed.

The iron maiden became world-famous thanks to the horror story "The Squaw" (1894) written by Irish author Bram Stoker, after he had visited the city of Nuremberg. Even today, we still encounter the iron maiden in comics, literature, film and games.

And, of course, the English metal band Iron Maiden named themselves after this exhibit at Rothenburg's Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum.

The most famous iron maiden was that of Nuremberg, first displayed possibly as far back as 1802. The original was lost in the Allied bombing of Nuremberg in 1945. A copy was auctioned in the early 1960s and is now on display at the Medieval Crime Museum, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Just in case, this is my top 3 of favourite Iron Maiden albums...bringing back memories...

1) Powerslave (1984)
2) Killers (1981)
3) Iron Maiden (1980)

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2877 W: 35 N: 6084] (32052)
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