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Bardsley’s Venomous Tongues Takes Berks Book Prize

Penn Press is proud to announce that Venomous Tongues: Speech and Gender in Late Medieval England is a co-winner of the 2006 First Book Prize of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Here’s what the prize committee had to say about Sandy Bardsley’s book:

Inventive in its methods and careful in its
conclusions, Venomous Tongues is
mindful of the social history that underpins the story of scolding and
consistently compares men and women as well as women of different social
groups. The result is a richly detailed and carefully argued study that shows
how the transition from medieval to modern silenced women and discredited their
public voice.