Rats: rat chair cage on heads
The Rat Torture: Rats may be used to torture a victim by encouraging them to attack and eat them alive. The “Rats Dungeon” or “Dungeon of the Rats” was a feature of the Tower of London alleged by Roman Catholic writers from the Elizabethan era. “A cell below high-water mark and totally dark” would draw in rats from the River Thames as the tide flowed in. Prisoners would have their “alarm excited” and in some instances have “flesh … torn from the arms and legs”. During the Dutch Revolt, Diederik Sonoy, an ally of William the Silent, is documented to have used a method where a pottery bowl filled with rats was placed open side down on the naked body of a prisoner. When hot charcoal was piled on the bowl, the rats would “gnaw into the very bowels of the victim” in an attempt to escape the heat. 
An even more terrible cell in the Tower was that known as the “dungeon amongst the rats,” to which prisoners, by special warrant of the Privy Council, were sometimes condemned for the purpose of extorting confession. The floor of this dungeon was below high-water mark, and with the rise of the tide it became covered with stinking water. But this was not all. With the water came hordes of hungry rats. To sleep was to court injury or death. And so, in that dark stinking water-ridden cell, the prisoner fought the rats on the one hand and sleep on the other, until, weary and exhausted, he could fight no longer. 
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