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Normal Women

By: Philippa Gregory
Narrated by: Clare Corbett,Tania Rodrigues,Nneka Okoye,James Goode,Joe Jameson,Philippa Gregory
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Publisher's Summary

A NEW STATESMEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023

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.

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©2023 Philippa Gregory (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers
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‘A genuinely new history of our nation’ DAN JONES

‘Radically reframes our national story’ OBSERVER

‘This celebration of women is a triumph of popular history’ SPECTATOR

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Every high school student should read / listen to this book

Disclaimer- i am a die hard Philippa Gregory fan and have read every single one of her books. But this one was profoundly different and as she states the beginning, this book is the fruit of decades of research on hidden stories of women in English HIStory. A comprehensive summary of how women have been controlled and held back since records exist and it is painfully shocking even for those who like to think they’ve read enough history to no longer be surprised- this book is a must read - share with everyone you know

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