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The Suffering of Women Who Didn't Fit: 'madness' in Britain, 1450-1950

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For over 500 years, women have suffered claims of mental decay solely on account of their gender. Frigid, insane, not quite there, a witch in sheep's clothing, labels that have cast her as the fragile species and destroyer of Man.

This book reveals attitudes, ideas and responses on what was to be done with 'mad women' in Britain.

Journey back into the unenlightened Middle Ag
Published February 7th 2019 by Pen and Sword History
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Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A rare synchronised study of the colourful, often horrific, account of women and madness over half a millennia. From scold to witch, virgin to whore, this book exposes how an unchanging perception of women has altered responses to gender and madness.

This book is packed full of the history of madness and how women were affected by it. The author exposes the numerous theories, put forward by men, to explain the behaviors of women that weren't considered acceptable, and the treatment or mis-treatme
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The Suffering of Women Who Didn't Fit: 'Madness' in Britain, 1450-1950 by David J. Vaughan is a free advanced reader copy of a hardcover book offered to me by Pen & Sword in exchange for an honest review.

Vaughan just loooooves his sentence breaks, in my opinion, as I had noticed, the more I read. With that in mind, it creates a jutting, jittery pace as one reads and it’s amplified while wandering through time within topics (like a tour guide absentmindedly flinging their arm out to gesture a
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publisher in return from an honest review.

I'm interested in the history of mental illness in Britain, and thought this book would be an interesting addition to my library. I was a bit disappointed in the writing; a lot was said but not much of it was new. The thrust of the narrative is that women were treat badly in mental health care because of the ill-informed ideas of men.
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Published author (Pen & Sword, The History Press, etc), historian, blogger, book reviewer, media presenter and public speaker, David J Vaughan writes both fact and fiction including on history (often bloody), crime