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Normal women : 900 years of making history

Gregory, Philippa2023
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This book is a radical reframing of our nation's story, told not with the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but through social and cultural transition, showing the agency, persistence, and effectiveness of women in society - from 1066 to modern times. Did women do nothing to shape our country's culture and traditions during nine centuries of political turmoil, plague, famine, prosperity, religious reform? Philippa Gregory answers this question by telling stories of the soldiers, guild widows, highwaywomen, pirates, miners and ship owners, international traders, theatre runners, social campaigners and 'female husbands' who did much to build the fabric of our society and in ways as diverse and varied as the women themselves. This is not another book about heroines. Instead, it is a book about millions of women, not just three or four. The 'normal women' you meet in these pages rode in jousts, flew Spitfires, issued their own currency and built ships, corn mills and houses as part of their daily lives. They went to war, tilled the fields, campaigned, wrote and loved. They committed crimes, or treason, worshipped many types of gods, cooked and nursed, invented things and rioted. A lot. A landmark work of scholarship and storytelling, this is a history not a call to action. It looks back at facts and the past lives of some 50% of the population without the judgemental eyes of the present.
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London : HarperCollins, 2023.©2023
Collation:
678 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 24 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
978000860171397800086017139780008601713978000860171397800086017139780008601706
Dewey class:
305.40941305.4
Language:
English
BRN:
547907
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Beaumaris LibraryAdult Non Fiction - History305.4 GREOn Reserve Shelf - Awaiting collection within 10 days of this date. (Set: 03 Jun 2024)
Beaumaris LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Society and Beliefs305.4 GREOn Reserve Shelf - Awaiting collection within 10 days of this date. (Set: 11 Jun 2024)
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Society and Beliefs305.4 GREOnloan - Due: 21 Jun 2024
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Society and Beliefs305.4 GREOnloan - Due: 03 Jul 2024
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