Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Scold's bridle, iron muzzle once used to silence women

The scold's bridle was a gruesome contraption used for over 400 years to literally silence immodest, rude and gossipy women. A metal bit would press down on the wearer's tongue and prevent them from eating and talking. The device is currently thought to have originated in Europe sometime in the Middle Ages.

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