Normal Women : 900 Years of Making History
Author: Gregory, Philippa Published 26/10/2023 | Hardback
241 x 161 x 47 | 1062g
A NEW STATESMEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023
ï»¿â€˜A lasting work of social historyâ€™ THE TIMES
â€˜A genuinely new history of our nationâ€™ DAN JONES
â€˜This celebration of women is a triumph of popular historyâ€™ SPECTATOR
‘Philippa Gregory uses all her bestseller skills to weave a narrative with pace’ ANTONIA FRASER
FROM THE MULTI-MILLION BESTSELLING HISTORICAL NOVELIST COMES THE CULMINATION OF HER LIFEâ€™S WORK
Did you know that there are more penises than women in the Bayeux Tapestry?That the Peasantâ€™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 theyâ€™d evolve to become ever more inferior?These are just a few of the startling findings you will learn from reading Philippa Gregoryâ€™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 â€“ some fifty per cent of the population â€“ 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 â€˜normal womenâ€™ 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 â€“ if you look â€“ and they made our history.
â€˜Youâ€™ll lose count of the number of things you learn about women and their skewed place in history â€¦ the book reframes the past â€¦ an essential readâ€™ INDEPENDENT, FIVE-STAR REVIEW