* Ivan's Thumbscrews * Movement 120 Attack 120 Defense



Ivan IV Vasilyevich, known in English as Ivan the Terrible, was Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 until his death. His contemporaries called him "Ivan Groznyi" the name, which, although usually translated as "Terrible", actually means something closer to "Redoubtable" or "Severe" and carries connotations of might, power and strictness rather than horror or cruelty.


The thumbscrew or pilliwink is a torture instrument which was first used in medieval Europe. It is a simple vice, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. The victim's thumbs or fingers were placed in the vice and slowly crushed. The crushing bars were sometimes lined with sharp metal points to puncture the nails and inflict greater pain in the nail beds.