The History of Leith

June 9, 2008

Branks or Scold’s Bridles

These devices, which existed in a vast profusion of fantastical and sometimes downright artistic styles from about 1500 to 1800, were used to punish those who, by their words, had transgressed against prevailing conventions, against the arrogance of the male power structure, or against the state of things in general. In the course of four centuries, millions of women decried as scolds and shrews because domestic slavery and incessant pregnancy had reduced and tortured; political power thus held up to public ridicule the petty disobedient and the nonconformists; ecclesiastical power thus punished a long list of lesser infractions. for more click here

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