Unquiet Women: From the Dusk of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of the Enlightenment
Wynflæd 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; Gudfrid 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 some remarkable – but little-kn...more
It is not a secret that historians have done no justice to the notion of equality in their chronicles. There are so many men of less than average deeds and yet, most of us know their names. And there have been so many women worthy of recognition throughout the course of mankin ...more
This tapestry of women's lives weaves together stories from the fall of Rome through to the C17th century, taking an inclusive look across geographical space to how women have always spoken up, educated themselves, argued, debated and taken up public space and social roles. Not all the women have well-documented lives and, ev ...more
The achievements of many were only really appreciated long after their deaths, and this book does a wonderful job of bringing their names and contributions back to life and to a wider audience.
When I read books like this it makes me mad that I never really appreciated history when I was back at school! I think all I can remember being taught about was about The Tudors, so to read the ...more
A " ... crafted patchwork of the forgotten lives of some of the most remarkable women in history ..." - only if this is not your area of interest. If it is, then this is merely a collection of things of interest to the author and organised in some sort of chapter according to their subject matter. To me personally, it reminded me of a b ...more
I was SO excited to read this book when I initially read the blurb for it, but unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The concept itself is compelling: forgotten voices from women throughout History, but it doesn’t quite meet its aim. I had hoped for something similar to the women’s stories featured on the badassoftheweek.com series.
The author is clearly very knowledgeable, and I enjoyed the parts where he talke ...more
2018 marks one-hundred years since some women were allowed the ability to vote in the United Kingdom. That means that, this year the market has been inundated with books that celebrate kick-arse women throughout the ages. Which is great.
Girl power? I am all for it.
But, unfortunately, it is November now (I mean, in some ways, November is also my birthday month so yay me). Which means I have read eleven months worth o ...more
Max’s background as an archaeologist has served him well as he unravels the stories of women in ancient times who were not able to tell it for themselves – from the textiles, spindl ...more
Each of the women discussed sounds fascinating, but I didn't feel that this book really gave very much information about some of them, and the biographies are rather simplistic, listing events and achievements ...more
I really enjoy books such as this, discovering more women in history who have done great things is never a bad thing and this book certainly does do that, giving us insight into fantastic women who have made their mark on the world. Adams delivers these women’s live in short bites of information that you can get easily stuck into even if these are delivered maybe a little drily.
The r ...more
I loved how well explained the profiles are and the huge number of women included.
A very good introduction to women's history and an entertaining and informative read.
Many thanks to Head of Zeus and Netgalley for this ARC
However "Unquiet Women" was a bit too dry and boring for my taste. I guess I went into it with wrong expectations.
I feel the author tried to make it not as academic and to make it more accessible for a wider range of readers.
A few of the stories I liked more than others. My favorites wo ...more