OMG, Elephas, this is awesome! I had no idea the story was based in reality!
I was having a hard time picturing the device in my mind. I assumed (best guess) that it was a whipping horse, like those used in England, since the translation mentioned the imprints of feet. But I obviously I locked into that assumption way too quickly. I couldn't really visualize how the ankle stocks worked, and the rails, and what was meant exactly by tightening up the buttocks. The picture, of course, makes it perfectly clear. Still don't know how the footprints got there, but whatever. I just had a thought--I wonder if it meant the "feet" of the bench? I had to go back and take a look at it. Here's the auto translate:
- Do you see? Here stood the severe frost. If they look closely, they can see the imprint of the four feet on the floor. Whoever was beaten on this writhed in despair as much as the iron ankle and wristbands and the strap that clenched his waist allowed.
So obviously yes, it's the feet of the bench. And just as a note, masculine pronouns were routinely substituted in the translation where it was clear a feminine pronoun was meant. It was interesting that the device (I assume) was frequently referred to as a "frost." And (again, I think) that it was also referred to as "The God," or the "The Goddess." as in:
They noticed that a perpetrator would go to the case for a longer time than to the prison for a shorter time. There the God waited for them, and the judges took the opportunity that the women feared a monster from the whiplash falling on their naked buttocks.
Of course, those were other, tougher times, and we must not forget that the austere Goddess must have been such an awful beating that the sacrifice will never forget. And so this woman had to put up with what was tailored.
The above is pretty clear. But at times the auto translation from Hungarian to English was completely bewildering. Any suggestions from anyone on good auto translate programs would be welcome.
I checked out the website and discovered that Ludwigsburg is just north of Stuttgart. I've been to Stuttgart many years ago and had a great time there. Had I only known about Ludwigsburg, though, I might still be there, sigh.