E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Go to Goosebridge. Rule a wife and have a wife. Boccaccio (ix. 9) tells us that a man who had married a shrew asked Solomon what he should do to make her more submissive; and the wise king answered, Go to Goosebridge. Returning home, deeply perplexed, he came to a bridge where a muleteer was trying to induce a mule to pass over it. The mule resisted, but the stronger will of the muleteer at length prevailed. The man asked the name of the bridge, and was told it was Goosebridge. Petruchio tamed Katharine by the power of a stronger will.