20 Aug '14, 1am

Today's woman from Church History you should know is Anne Hutchinson. Here's a piece @rachelheldevans wrote on her:

The Puritans had their own name for a contentious woman. The communis rixatrix, or “common scold” was a distinction reserved exclusively for a female offender accused of excessive gossip, nagging, or quarreling. The sentence of choice was the ducking stool—a wooden armchair attached to a seesaw-like structure that was positioned on the edge of a pond or river so the woman, held in place by an iron band, could be plunged into the water as many times as the magistrate dictated. This punishment proved fatal from time to time, particularly in winter months, but the old, seventeenth-century woodcuts show the townspeople smiling blissfully and little ducks floating around upstream as men in hats lower women into rivers. Some women successfully avoided the ducking stool by instead wearing the scold’s bridle, or brank, which fit like a cage over the head and included an iron curb-...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/ducking-chair/

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