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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Iron Maiden of Nuremberg (The).
 
An instrument of torture for “heretics,” traitors, parricides, etc. It was a box big enough to admit a man, with folding-doors, the whole studded with sharp iron spikes. When the doors were pressed-to these spikes were forced into the body of the victim, who was left there to die in horrible torture. (German, Eiserne Jungfrau.)   1
   One of these diabolical machines was exhibited in 1892 in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, and in London.   2
 


 Iron entered into his Soul (The).Irons (In). 

 
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