Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It (Hardback)
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Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 21/07/2022
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Giving voice to the influential women of the Middle Ages who have been silenced by male gatekeepers, Ramirez's sweeping account not only highlights unjustly forgotten pioneers but also demonstrates how easily historical narratives can be manipulated.

Extraordinary women have held positions of power throughout history. But, aside from the select few, why do we not hear about them?

The middle ages are seen as a bloodthirsty time of Vikings, Saints and Kings: a patriarchal society that oppressed and excluded women. But by digging a little deeper into the truth, drawing on evidence from all disciplines, we can see that the 'dark' ages were anything but. BBC historian Janina Ramirez has uncovered countless influential women's names struck out of historical records, with the word 'Femina' annotated beside them. Male gatekeepers of the past ordered books to be burnt, artworks to be destroyed, and new versions of myths, legends and historical documents to be produced, which has manipulated our view of history.

By weaving a vivid and evocative picture of the lives of the women who influenced their society, we discover not just why these remarkable individuals were removed from our collective memories, but also how many other misconceptions underpin our historical narratives, altering the course of history, upholding the oppressive masculine structures of their present, and affecting our contemporary view of the past.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780753558256
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Beautifully written, wonderfully free-ranging and gloriously original, Femina makes us look into the mists of history in new, exciting and provocative ways. A joyous read * Peter Frankopan, bestselling author of The Silk Roads *
Janina Ramirez is a born storyteller, and in Femina she is at the peak of her powers. This is bravura narrative history underpinned by passionate advocacy for the women whom medieval history has too often ignored or overlooked. Femina is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the Middle Ages and its place in the modern mind * Dan Jones, bestselling author of The Plantagenets and Powers and Thrones *
The women of the Middle Ages, so often silent and inconspicuous in our histories, find voice, agency and justice in this brilliant book * Alice Roberts, bestselling author of Ancestors:A prehistory of Britain in seven burials *
Femina is an important addition to our understanding of a period still - mistakenly - thought to have excluded women from positions of power and significance. Femina skillfully brings out from the shadows the lives of women who ruled, fought, traded, created, and inspired * Cat Jarman, bestselling author of River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads *
Spellbinding, passionate, gripping and magnificently fresh in tone, boldly wide in range, elegantly written, deeply researched, Femina is a ground-breaking history of the Middle Ages. It brings the world to life with women at its very heart, centre stage where they belong. What a delight. * Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography *
This is a passionate, energetic, hugely enjoyable and brilliantly observed book. Both a plea for a new way of thinking about history and a commitment to putting women's lives back at the heart of things, I read it in one sitting. Magnificent. * Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth *
Janina Ramirez is a passionate voice for women in history. With this bold and masterful book, she salvages women's stories from the dark corners into which they have been pushed, and brilliantly restores them to the centre of the historical narrative where they have always belonged * Hallie Rubenhold, bestselling author of The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper *
A compelling and breathtaking account of the women whose stories have been lost, ignored, or silenced in history. As important as it is remarkable * Susie Dent, bestselling author of Word Perfect *
Passionate, provocative and brilliant, this book is a firecracker somehow captured between two covers * Lucy Worsley, author of Jane Austen at Home *
Challenging, inclusive and riveting, Janina Ramirez's book is breaking new grounds. This is a history as you've never read before. A unique page turner * Olivette Otele, author of African Europeans: An Untold History *
Inventive, informative, surprising - this book is a revelation! Seeing so many remarkable women creating so much powerful history rewrites our entire sense of the medieval past * Waldemar Januszczak, Chief Art Critic, Sunday Times *
As both writer and broadcaster, Dr Janina Ramirez radiates tremendous passion for her subject. To spend time in her company is to soon find yourself intoxicated by the vast drama of human history, with all its far-off wonders, frustrating mysteries, and tantalising echoes that still resonate in our modern world * Greg Jenner, author of Ask a Historian and Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity *
Gripping, incisive, brilliant, Janina Ramirez opens a door into hidden worlds, the secrets of women's lives. She is a detective and guide on this, an eye-opening, wonderful journey into the power, beauty and reality of early women's experiences * Kate Williams, author of England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton *
A New History of the Middle Ages with Janina Ramirez

A New History of the Middle Ages with Janina Ramirez

Cambridge
Wednesday 20th July 18:00 - 19:30

Join Oxford and BBC historian Janina Ramirez as she discusses her book Femina – a thoughtful and comprehensive look at why countless influential women's names struck out of historical records. See the medieval world with fresh eyes and discover why these remarkable women were removed from our collective memories. She will be in conversation with historian, broadcaster, and lecturer at Cambridge University Seb Falk.

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