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Philippa Gregory’s Normal Women is a new podcast from HarperCollins, launched to coincide with the publication of this landmark work of scholarship and storytelling, from celebrated novelist and historian Philippa Gregory. 
Normal Women is a radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen – but of social and cultural change, powered by the determination, persistence and effectiveness of women– from 1066 to modern times. This is not another book or podcast about three or four well-known heroines; it is a story about millions of women: those who left records and those who were ‘hidden from history.’
The podcast weaves together Philippa’s narrative history with lively discussions, bringing together historians who are experts in their field, and guests with their own modern perspectives. From popstars to TikTok superstars, groundbreaking campaigners to best selling authors, Philippa welcomes women from all walks of life to look back at the past lives of half the population, and put women where they belong – centre stage.
This eight-part series starts on the 26th October, publishing weekly.

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    • 4.4 • 51 Ratings

Philippa Gregory’s Normal Women is a new podcast from HarperCollins, launched to coincide with the publication of this landmark work of scholarship and storytelling, from celebrated novelist and historian Philippa Gregory. 
Normal Women is a radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen – but of social and cultural change, powered by the determination, persistence and effectiveness of women– from 1066 to modern times. This is not another book or podcast about three or four well-known heroines; it is a story about millions of women: those who left records and those who were ‘hidden from history.’
The podcast weaves together Philippa’s narrative history with lively discussions, bringing together historians who are experts in their field, and guests with their own modern perspectives. From popstars to TikTok superstars, groundbreaking campaigners to best selling authors, Philippa welcomes women from all walks of life to look back at the past lives of half the population, and put women where they belong – centre stage.
This eight-part series starts on the 26th October, publishing weekly.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Philippa Gregory's Normal Women - Coming soon

    Philippa Gregory's Normal Women - Coming soon

    A new eight-part series starts on the 26th October.
    Normal Women is a radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen – but of social and cultural change, powered by the determination, persistence and effectiveness of women– from 1066 to modern times. This is not a podcast about three or four well-known heroines; it is a story about millions of women: those who left records and those who were ‘hidden from history.’
    We'll hear about rioting women, power-mad women, manipulative women, angelic women and cursed women as Philippa Gregory weaves together narrative history with lively discussions, bringing together historians who are experts in their field, and guests with lived experience and their own modern perspectives to discuss themes from the her book 'Normal Women - 900 Years of Making History'.



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    • 3 min
    1. Normal Women...riot!

    1. Normal Women...riot!

    Philippa tells the story of women rebels and rioters - from the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt to those arrested at the vigil for Sarah Everard. We hear from 'Captain' Ann Carter, leader of a seventeenth century food riot, hanged by the authorities and just one of the thousands of women Philippa has rescued from the footnotes of history and placed at the heart of her book 'Normal Women - 900 years of Making History'. 
    Joining Philippa to discuss women-led strikes, protests and rebellions are:
    Historian Sheila Rowbotham andDame Louise Casey, author of a report on London's Metropolitan Police Force.
    Normal Women is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.

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    • 46 min
    2. Normal Women...are angels

    2. Normal Women...are angels

    Just how should women behave? Throughout History, they have so often been expected to act as genteel ladies and confined to the home - often described as the 'angel in the house'. But far from remaining passive, many used their influence to put themselves at the heart of radical social change. In this episode we hear about the anti slavery campaigners - and Philippa introduces us to the hundreds of women who absolutely, under no circumstances wanted the vote.
    Joining Philippa to discuss the push and pull of homely responsibilities throughout history are:
    Geri Halliwell-Horner former Spice Girl and children’s author and Kate Mosse, best-selling novelist and the founder of the Women In History campaign
    Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.


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    • 45 min
    3. Normal Women...love women

    3. Normal Women...love women

    Sapphism, the Cult of the Clitoris, coded diaries and a bower of bliss - Philippa Gregory tells the story of women who love women, and those who tried to stop them.  We hear from famous lesbians including Queen Anne and Gentleman Jack and less famous lovers rescued from the footnotes of history.
    Joining Philippa to discuss the history of women who love women are:
    TikTok stars Caitlin and Leah and Professor Laura Gowing, who teaches women's history and queer history at King's College London. 
    Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.

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    • 49 min
    4. Normal Women...are underpaid

    4. Normal Women...are underpaid

    Whether you are on the Board or in the kitchen, a medieval peasant or modern day medic, a Victorian street-sweeper or eighteenth century hand-spinner - if you are a woman, there’s every chance you are underpaid. So why is that? Explanations vary across the centuries from women's lack of upper-body strength to the demands of motherhood and patriarchal oppression, but one thing is certain - the pay gap never closes.
    Joining Philippa to discuss the history of women's work are:
    Professor Jane Humphries, economic historian at the University of Oxford and London School of Economics anddata scientist Edwina Dunn, founder of the educational charity The Female Lead, which empowers and listens to women.
    Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.

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    • 46 min
    5. Normal Women...think about rape

    5. Normal Women...think about rape

    Throughout history women have faced the threat of sexual violence and, sadly, it's no different today. Philippa explores how rape was viewed as a crime against a man’s property, how courtly love gave way to brutal desire and the difficulties women face in bringing their attackers to justice.
    Joining Philippa to discuss rape - how it has changed through history and how we see it now are:
    Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London and author ‘Rape: A history ’Soma Sara anti-rape activist and founder of ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website and charity
    Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.
    If you or someone you know has been affected by rape or sexual violence or needs to talk to someone, support can be found via the NHS website or via the following organisations:
    The Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line run by Rape Crisis England & Wales 0808 500 2222Rape Crisis Scotland 0808 801 0302Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline – Northern Ireland 0808 802 1414
    Clips:
    Gone With The Wind - director Victor Fleming - Metro Goldwyn Mayer 
    Hey, trolly lolly lo! - The King's Singers Royal Rhymes and Rounds ℗ 2012 Signum Records


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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

FrenchCori ,

Extremely informative!

I found Normal Women extremely informative and very entertaining. I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much in a podcast. This is history that needs to be acknowledged and I appreciate all the work that Philippa Gregory has done. Brava!

Gmulero ,

Excellent!!!

Love it! It might be text in schools ! Well done

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