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  • 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
  • Janina Ramirez is a born storyteller, and in Femina she is at the peak of her powers. This is bravura narrative history underpinned by passionate advocacy for the women whom medieval history has too often ignored or overlooked. Femina is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the Middle Ages and its place in the modern mind

    Dan Jones, bestselling author of The Plantagenets and Powers and Thrones
  • The women of the Middle Ages, so often silent and inconspicuous in our histories, find voice, agency and justice in this brilliant book

    Alice Roberts, bestselling author of Ancestors:A prehistory of Britain in seven burials
  • Femina is an important addition to our understanding of a period still - mistakenly - thought to have excluded women from positions of power and significance. Femina skillfully brings out from the shadows the lives of women who ruled, fought, traded, created, and inspired

    Cat Jarman, bestselling author of River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads
  • Spellbinding, passionate, gripping and magnificently fresh in tone, boldly wide in range, elegantly written, deeply researched, Femina is a ground-breaking history of the Middle Ages. It brings the world to life with women at its very heart, centre stage where they belong. What a delight.

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography
  • This is a passionate, energetic, hugely enjoyable and brilliantly observed book. Both a plea for a new way of thinking about history and a commitment to putting women's lives back at the heart of things, I read it in one sitting. Magnificent.

    Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth
  • Janina Ramirez is a passionate voice for women in history. With this bold and masterful book, she salvages women's stories from the dark corners into which they have been pushed, and brilliantly restores them to the centre of the historical narrative where they have always belonged

    Hallie Rubenhold, bestselling author of The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
  • A compelling and breathtaking account of the women whose stories have been lost, ignored, or silenced in history. As important as it is remarkable

    Susie Dent, bestselling author of Word Perfect
  • Passionate, provocative and brilliant, this book is a firecracker somehow captured between two covers

    Lucy Worsley, author of Jane Austen at Home
  • Challenging, inclusive and riveting, Janina Ramirez's book is breaking new grounds. This is a history as you've never read before. A unique page turner

    Olivette Otele, author of African Europeans: An Untold History

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