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Since by law, a husband is held liable for crimes committed by his wife, this law was designed to protect the husband from harm caused by the wife’s actions.
These laws permit the husband to beat his wife with a rod or switch as long as its circumference is no greater than the girth of the base of the man’s right thumb, hence “The Rule of Thumb.” The tradition of these laws is perpetuated in English Common Law and throughout most of Europe.
He states that when women married, they “gave themselves to their husbands” in contract, and could not withdraw that consent until they divorced.
4In England, “the Golden Age of the Rod” is used against women and children who are taught that it is their sacred duty to obey the man of the house.5During the reign of Ivan the Terrible in Russia, the State Church sanctions the oppression of women by issuing a Household Ordinance that describes when and how a man might most effectively beat his wife.He is allowed to kill a wife or serf for disciplinary purposes.1The Amerian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is formed.It predates the founding of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, established in 1875.
3In Europe, squires and noblemen beat their wives as regularly as they beat their serfs; the peasants faithfully followed their lords’ example. Priests advise abused wives to win their husbands’ good will through increased devotion and obedience.