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Wow - a rollercoaster from medieval sex to spirituality.
on 3 July 2001
I don't tend to read much women's history but when I saw the rave reviews this book got in the Literary Review and The Independent ('the best history book I've read for years') I decided to give it a go.
I'm glad I did because this book is a gem, crammed with vivid detail from every corner of women's lives over a thousand years of English history - from medieval sex and motherhood to female aristocrats and intellectuals. There's also a really interesting appendix with laws, poems and even a 13th century gynaecological handbook!
If you want to read a good book written by a top scholar in an easy and engaging style, I can't recommend this book enough.