Rack

Rack, an instrument of torture; consisted of an oblong wooden frame, fitted with cords and levers, by means of which the victim's limbs were racked to the point of dislocation; dates back to Roman times, and was used against the early Christians; much resorted to by the Spanish Inquisition, and also at times by the Tudor monarchs of England, though subsequently prohibited by law in England.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Racine, Jean * Radcliffe
Raasay
Rabant de St. Étienne
Rabat
Rabbi
Rabbism
Rabelais, François
Races of Mankind
Rachel, Eliza
Racine
Racine, Jean
Rack
Radcliffe
Radcliffe, Mrs. Ann
Radcliffe, John
Radetzky, Johann, Count von
Radicals
Radnorshire
Radowitz, Joseph von
Rae, John
Raeburn, Sir Henry
Raff, Joachim

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