Date: Fri, 22 Jul 1994 14:38:09 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Iron Maiden? I just got a note from somebody not in academia who is interested in finding out the etymology of the expression "iron maiden" or "iron virgin." Here's part of what he said: > I know what the instrument does (or > did), when, where and how it was used, and that it probably comes to us > from the German "eiserne Jungfrau". But I have been totally unsuccessful > in figuring out anything beyond that. Specifically, why virgin or > maiden? A reference to the Madonna? Was there a famous use of the > instrument on someone who was (or was not) a virgin? I have plenty of > conjectures, but what I'm looking for is someone who has done or knows of > research in the actual derivation of the term. If you have any information about the term, please send it to kozinski[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -- you might also post it to the list since others are probably interested. Thanks. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]