“Scold’s bridle”: Renaissance torture that punished the gossip.

Corporal punishment has always been considered a deterrent for anyone who wanted to do something wrong. From antiquity to the present day, torture has never ceased to be used as a form of punishment or as an “incentive” to confess a crime. The use of corporal punishment during the period of the Inquisition, when even the slightest suspicion of heresy or witchcraft, led to terrible condemnations is all too well known. In Scotland, during the Renaissance, lot of women didn’t have to commit who knows what a serious crime to…

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