Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History (Hardback)
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Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History (Hardback)

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Published: 26/10/2023
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Challenging the assumption that women played no part in major historical events, the bestselling period novelist maps an alternative account of Britain's past through the eyes of guild widows, highwaywomen and other pivotal female figures.

One of our foremost historical novelists, Philippa Gregory, makes history.

We have fallen into the belief that women were absent from great events, and ineffectual in normal times.

Through a radical reframing of the conventional eras of our history, Normal Women will tell the story of our nation - 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.

Through the stories of the soldiers, guild widows, highwaywomen, pirates, miners and ship owners, international traders, theatre runners and 'female husbands' Normal Women will redefine 'normal' female behaviour to include heroism, rebellion, crime, treason, money-making, jousting and sainthood. And much rioting.

Philippa Gregory has been working on this book for over ten years. It is the work of a lifetime from one of our greatest historical storytellers.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008601706
Number of pages: 688
Weight: 1050 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 47 mm


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EARLY PRAISE FOR NORMAL WOMEN ‘Gregory’s theme is that although women have always been regarded as naturally inferior, in reality they make the world go round. They are the “healthy, strong, intelligent, spiritual and sexual” beings who did everything: nurtured families, farms and businesses, dug graves, birthed babies, brought in harvests, staffed factories, led riots and held communities together…Gregory has the novelist’s eye for the quirky and the vivid; the wryness of a confident narrator. Normal Womenis a lasting work of social history’ THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE WEEK ‘Gregory has always put women centre stage in her historical fiction but this new nonfiction work strives to restore them to their rightful place in history, and in so doing radically reframe our national story. To an impressive extent, it succeeds’ OBSERVER ‘Gregory places centre stage decades of scholarship in women’s history, a genre that started to become important only in the 1970s. Voices of the past can be heard through careful analysis of the fragments that do exist, and reading a document ‘against the grain’ of its author’s intention often reveals crucial details. This celebration of women is a triumph of popular history’ SPECTATOR 'Impressive and enjoyable . . . Here, the author uses all her bestseller skills to weave some kind of narrative and once again a splendid pace was maintained . . . With [this] stout, well-written [book] to hand, you could escape any family Christmas for an hour or two daily, going back in time and being utterly engrossed' ANTONIA FRASER, NEW STATESMAN ‘Philippa Gregory has been working on this book for more than 10 years, women have been waiting for this gratifying and informative acknowledgment for a thousand’ ADELE PARKS, PLATINUM MAGAZINE

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Hardback

“A heavily researched and exhaustive tome of knowledge”

I dedicated pretty much all of October to read this book. I wanted to take my time and really absorb all this history.

This is a heavily researched and exhaustive tome of knowledge, pain, suffering, change and... More

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“Womens history at its finest!”

A fantastic insight into the history of those overlooked or forgotten! I have been waiting many years for a book like this, and was extremely happy to find it did not dissapoint! Gregory has long since been an... More

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“Everyone should read and discuss this book!”

I found this to be such an interesting and fascinating book. Although empowering and uplifting at times, some of the facts and stories are shocking. Philippa takes you through history without it feeling laborious or a... More

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