Femina (Paperback)
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Femina (Paperback)

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Published: 30/03/2023
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Waterstones Says

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.

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for April 2023

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gatekeepers of the past ordered books to be burnt, artworks to be destroyed, and new versions of myths, legends and historical documents to be produced, which has manipulated our view of history.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: 9780753558263
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Revelatory... Ramirez shows again and again that dark age Europe was a far more various place than we like to believe - Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian

One of Femina's greatest strengths is that it is not just a collection of medieval heroines, although there are inspirational stories aplenty in its pages, but also a readable and wide-ranging account of the Middle Ages - with the women put back in - that forces us to look at familiar stories in new ways - The Sunday Times

It's about time these stories had a wider audience. They've been waiting long enough. - Spectator

Passionate, provocative and brilliant, this book is a firecracker somehow captured between two covers - Lucy Worsley, bestselling author of Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman

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

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“Vivid, detailed and well-researched portraits of remarkable medieval woman”

Femina provides a fascinating insight into a number of medieval women who most amateur lovers of history will probably have heard of only in passing, if at all. Ramirez describes them as being "written out of... More

Hardback edition
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“Writing the women back in to history”

Femina has a strong start and an assertion to put all kinds of people back into the history books, as Dr Janina Ramirez puts it ‘reframing the narrative to include women’; but of course this means including men too as... More

Hardback edition
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KimG9

“An approachable book of the women written out of ancient history”

Femina authored by Janina Ramirez is a fascinating, approachable read for anyone interested in the Middle Ages. The focus is on women who have been written out of history but by no means is it solely about the fairer... More

Hardback edition
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