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scold’s bridle was an iron muzzle that enclosed around the head. Mostly used on women of the lower class, its purpose was to punish and humiliate those that gossiped, nagged, scolded, or were suspected of using witchcraft. The victim would be be forced to wear the mask publicly and were led through town as a form of humiliation. When wearing the device, it was impossible to eat or speak. The torture instrument was commonly employed in Scotland (where it originated in 1567), Wales, and England. 

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Originally posted 2017-12-12 05:54:40.