Pig: Whatcha reading, Goat? Goat: This account of a woman accused of being a witch int he 1600's. She was stones. Pig: Kids read this section. Goat: It was a punishment. Rat: Doesn't sound like one.
You read of people being “pressed,” too. It is what it says. They put a heavy wooden plank over your body and pile huge stones on it until either a) you confessed or b) you were crushed to pudding. Being stretched on the rack, in official documents, was called “being put to the question.”