It almost seems that during the Medieval Period, their motto was "Medieval Bastards: Centuries Of Creative Ways To Kill." The Wheel was often used to smash or break limbs of the victim, who was often tethered to a platform. Sometimes blocks of metal were placed under the limbs to assist in achieving broken bones. Later on, victims could be tied to a wheel and tortured before being tossed onto a bonfire. In this pattern adapted from a medieval woodcut, the victim has had his hand and foot cut off before finally losing his head. This type of execution was actually seen as humane, as the condemned were not kept alive to succumb to their wounds or dehydration. Exact methods of the use of The Wheel varied upon region/country.
This lovely pattern is charted for 16-count cross stitch fabric and measures about 17 x 17-inches. To create a smaller work, omit the border or stitch it on 18-count fabric.
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