The scold's bridle was an instrument of punishment used primarily on women, as a form of torture and public humiliation. First recorded in Scotland in the 1500s, the device was used on women accused of such offenses as gossiping, nagging or witchcraft. #Renaissance #TortureDevice
17th century English Scold's bridle at the Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester - In 17th century marriages, the image of the husband in control of the submissive wife was key. So a woman who was known to henpeck or scold her husband could be made to wear the scold's bridle as a form of public humiliation. The device consisted of a metal structure that was fitted over the head, with a metal plate that went into the woman's mouth, clamping down her tongue and preventing her from speaking.