When it comes to capital punishment, execution methods, and general torture, today’s societies have nothing on the ancient world. Throughout the centuries, the pages of history have sung about gruesome tales of torture, human ruthlessness, and the sadistic pleasure both individuals and groups of people derived from seeing others in excruciating agony.
Almost three-quarters of the known world lay under the heel of the Mongol Empire, the largest empire ever known. Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, was to be their next target. But the seemingly unstoppable Mongol Horde was finally halted by the Kamikaze — the "divine winds" off the coast of Japan — and Japan's own Samurai elite.