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Old Torture Methods For Women Who Broke The Law

So, you think that prison time is cruel?

The Middle Ages was not really kind to women who broke the law. There are documents of different torture methods proving that incarceration nowadays is the most humane way of paying for one’s crimes.

Torture as a form of punishment is popular in the past. Below are the various forms of torture methods used on women who trespasses.

1. Scold’s Bridle

It is an iron cage for the woman’s face that is used for punishing women who nagged, gossiped, talked back, or just talked too much. The bridle will be locked on your head and the protruding metal with spikes will be inserted into the woman’s mouth and every time her tongue moves, it will be lacerated.

2. Shrew’s Fiddle

A wood with an opening on both ends will restraint two women fighting. They will be locked together until they made up.

3. Cucking Stool

A chair with no seat often used as a toilet and will be paraded in a walk of shame often used for harlots.

4. Ducking Stool

A chair attached to long beams of wood suspended over a river or pond. The woman will be dunked in the water a few times.

5. Thewe

Women who committed common crimes such as annoying your neighbors by talking too much or having sex outside of marriage will have their neck chained to a post.

6. Drunkard’s Cloak

To punish men and women who committed theft. It is a barrel vessel that is worn by the criminal.

7. Nose Removal

Mutilation or removal of nose is a punishment for promiscuous women in the Middle Ages.

8. Walk of Shame

Shown in the “Game of Thrones,” walk of shame is a punishment for harlotry while they were being paraded around town.

9. Hot Iron Branding

Prostitutes and brothel keepers were branded with a hot iron and banished from the city.

10. Burning at stake

Women accused of witchcraft are burned at stake, which is also used to those who committed heavy crimes.

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