Unquiet Women

Unquiet Women : From the Dusk of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of the Enlightenment

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Unquiet Women is an exquisitely crafted patchwork of the forgotten lives of some of the most remarkable women in history.

Wynflaed was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who owned male slaves and badger-skin gowns; Egeria a Gaulish nun who toured the Holy Land as the Roman Empire was collapsing; Gudrid an Icelandic explorer and the first woman to give birth to a European child on American soil; Mary Astell a philosopher who out-thought John Locke.

In this exploration of the lives of women living between the last days of Rome and the Enlightenment, Max Adams triumphantly overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible. A kaleidoscopic study of women's creativity, intellect and influence, Unquiet Women brings to life the experiences of women whose stories are all too rarely told. Thanks to its author's rigorous work of rescue and recovery, their voices can be heard across the centuries - still passionate and still strong.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 32mm | 476g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp colour
  • 1788543416
  • 9781788543415
  • 399,835

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'We hear the individual stories of noblewomen, explores and philosophers in this beautifully illustrated celebration of their intellect, influence and creativity; voices previously barely heard and stories rarely told' Evergreen. 'A centuries-spanning study that rescues women's lives from the margins of history ... The beautiful, faux-embroidered cover of Unquiet Women not only makes it an attractive addition to any bookshelf; it also serves as a reminder that, if we pay as much attention to cloth as the written word, we can continue to unravel stories of unquiet women throughout history' BBC History Magazine. 'A timely work which is beautifully designed and executed, embodying a charm and power of its own from the remarkable women within its pages' All About History. 'A thoroughly captivating look at some of the forgotten women of history, throughout the ages ... Highly recommend this as a wonderful read ... The stunning cover just adds to the enjoyment!' Books and Me. 'Brings to life the experiences of women in history whose voices are barely heard and whose stories are rarely told' Journal. 'It's fascinating territory, the narrative is lively and the author's reflections are illuminating and wise' Herald.
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About Max Adams

Max Adams is the author of The Wisdom of Trees, The Little Book of Planting Trees and the bestselling The King in the North. A teacher of woodland tree histories, he manages an area of woodland in County Durham, where he has lived and worked in the North-East of England since 1993.
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72 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 12% (9)
4 32% (23)
3 44% (32)
2 10% (7)
1 1% (1)
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