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  • A Caveat for Common Cursetors, 1567

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    A Caveat for Common Cursetors, written by Thomas Harman (fl. 1547–1567), was first published in 1566. It was one of the ...

  • Iron chastity belt, possibly 16th century

    Object

    This bizarre contraption is an iron chastity belt, fastened at the side with a padlock. It was supposedly used to safegu...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Proclamation against Excess of Apparel by Queen El...

    Broadsheets, Ephemera, Book

    Sumptuary laws and ‘excesse of apparel’ This Royal Proclamation is dated 15 June 1574 and is on the subject of ‘excesse ...

  • Scold's bridle

    Object

    This instrument is a scold’s bridle or ‘branks’ used to hurt and humiliate women whose speech or behaviour was thought t...