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The Resource Venomous tongues : speech and gender in late medieval England, Sandy Bardsley

Venomous tongues : speech and gender in late medieval England, Sandy Bardsley

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Venomous tongues : speech and gender in late medieval England
Title
Venomous tongues
Title remainder
speech and gender in late medieval England
Statement of responsibility
Sandy Bardsley
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Sandy Bardsley examines the complex relationship between speech and gender in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and engages debates on the static nature of women's status after the Black Death. Focusing on England, Venomous Tongues uses a combination of legal, literary, and artistic sources to show how deviant speech was increasingly feminized in the later Middle Ages. Women of all social classes and marital statuses ran the risk of being charged as scolds, and local jurisdictions interpreted the label "scold" in a way that best fit their particular circumstances. Indeed, Bardsley demonstrates, this flexibility of definition helped to ensure the longevity of the term: women were punished as scolds as late as the early nineteenth century. The tongue, according to late medieval moralists, was a dangerous weapon that tempted people to sin. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, clerics railed against blasphemers, liars, and slanderers, while village and town elites prosecuted those who abused officials or committed the newly devised offense of scolding. In courts, women in particular were prosecuted and punished for insulting others or talking too much in a public setting. In literature, both men and women were warned about women's propensity to gossip and quarrel, while characters such as Noah's Wife and the Wife of Bath demonstrate the development of a stereotypically garrulous woman. Visual representations, such as depictions of women gossiping in church, also reinforced the message that women's speech was likely to be disruptive and deviant
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DLC
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Bardsley, Sandy
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PE525
LC item number
.B37 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
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  • English language
  • Language and culture
  • Women
  • Sex differences (Psychology)
  • Geschlechtsunterschied
  • Sprache
  • Mittelenglisch
Label
Venomous tongues : speech and gender in late medieval England, Sandy Bardsley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-206) and index
Contents
"Sins of the tongue" and social change -- The sins of women's tongues in literature and art -- Women's voices and the law -- Men's voices -- Communities and scolding -- Who was a scold? -- Conclusion : consequences of the feminization of deviant speech
Control code
62755676
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 p.
Isbn
9780812239362
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005058588
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)62755676
Label
Venomous tongues : speech and gender in late medieval England, Sandy Bardsley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-206) and index
Contents
"Sins of the tongue" and social change -- The sins of women's tongues in literature and art -- Women's voices and the law -- Men's voices -- Communities and scolding -- Who was a scold? -- Conclusion : consequences of the feminization of deviant speech
Control code
62755676
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 p.
Isbn
9780812239362
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005058588
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)62755676

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