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Normal Women : 900 Years of Making History

Author: Gregory, Philippa

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Published on 26 October 2023.

Hardback |
241 x 161 x 47 | 1058g

'A GENUINELY NEW HISTORY OF OUR NATION' DAN JONES

'A LASTING WORK OF SOCIAL HISTORY' THE TIMES

***** FIVE STARS FROM THE INDEPENDENT *****

'You'll lose count of the number of things you learn about women and their skewed place in history as you read Philippa Gregory's stunning Normal Women ... the book reframes the past ... an essential read' Independent

FROM THE MULTI-MILLION BESTSELLING HISTORICAL NOVELIST COMES THE CULMINATION OF HER LIFE'S WORK

Did you know that there are more penises than women in the Bayeux Tapestry? That the Peasant's Revolt was started and propelled by women, protesting a tax on women? Or that celebrated naturalist Charles Darwin believed not just that women were naturally inferior to men but that they'd evolve to become ever more inferior.

These are just a few of the startling findings you will learn from reading Philippa Gregory's Normal Women. In this ambitious and ground-breaking book, she tells the story of our nation over 900 years, but for the very first time women - some fifty per cent of the population - are no longer invisible in this history of England, but are at its beating heart.

Using research skills honed in her work as one of our foremost historical novelists, Gregory trawled through court records to find highway women, beggars and shepherdesses, through newspapers and diaries to find murderers and brides, housewives and pirates, female husbands and hermits. The 'normal women' you will meet in her pages went to war, ploughed the fields, campaigned, wrote, and loved. They rode in jousts, flew Spitfires, issued their own currency and built ships, corn mills and houses as part of their everyday lives They committed crimes, or treason, worshipped many gods, cooked and nursed, invented things and rioted. A lot. They built our society to be as diverse and varied as the women themselves. They are there in the archives - if you look - and they made our history.

'This radical reframing of conventional history shows the agency, persistence and effectiveness of women in society...Philippa Gregory has been working on this book for more than 10 years, women have been waiting for this gratifying and informative acknowledgment for a thousand'

ADELE PARKS

Normal Women : 900 Years of Making History

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