Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Hardback Published on: 21/07/2022
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Beautiful representation of the long forgotten women of the Middle Ages
Janina Ramirez has beautifully composed a book that encompasses the history of the Middle Ages from the lives of the women long forgotten. As we travel thr... READ MORE
An Incredible Study and Significant Topic!
As a History graduate, and a bookseller, I can confidently say that this book is really unique, and its topic has to be represented and the book needs to b... READ MORE
Nora - Trafalgar Square
A Compelling Read
A stunning read that succeeds in re-writing women into a period in time, that until now has been largely dominated by men. Complete with reference pictures... READ MORE
A Terrific Read And a Brilliant Introduction to the Women Previously Written Out of History
This is such a great book. Eminently readable and utterly fascinating about the role of women in the Middle Ages. It is rigorously researched and careful t... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Historical Revolution x
This book was so enlighting and brought such a much-needed light on those who have been forgotten in history. Femina shows the reader how easy it is to wri... READ MORE
Brena  Newnham
A brilliant overview of overlooked women from the middle ages
I learned alot from this book even though it's a period I feel like I know quite well. I have found a few new historical favourite historical figures, ... READ MORE
Eilish at Rustington


Extraordinary women have held positions of power throughout history. But, aside from the select few, why do we not hear about them? The middle ages are seen as a bloodthirsty time of Vikings, Saints and Kings: a patriarchal society that oppressed and excluded women. But by digging a little deeper into the truth, drawing on evidence from all disciplines, we can see that the 'dark' ages were anything but. BBC historian Janina Ramirez has uncovered countless influential women's names struck out of historical records, with the word 'Femina' annotated beside them. Male gatekeepers of the past ordered books to be burnt, artworks to be destroyed, and new versions of myths, legends and historical documents to be produced, which has manipulated our view of history. By weaving a vivid and evocative picture of the lives of the women who influenced their society, we discover not just why these remarkable individuals were removed from our collective memories, but also how many other misconceptions underpin our historical narratives, altering the course of history, upholding the oppressive masculine structures of their present, and affecting our contemporary view of the past.

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780753558256
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 687g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 161 x 40 mm

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Vivid, detailed and well-researched portraits of remarkable medieval woman
Femina provides a fascinating insight into a number of medieval women who most amateur lovers of history will probably have heard of only in passing, if at... READ MORE
Writing the women back in to history
Femina has a strong start and an assertion to put all kinds of people back into the history books, as Dr Janina Ramirez puts it ‘reframing the narrative to... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
An approachable book of the women written out of ancient history
Femina authored by Janina Ramirez is a fascinating, approachable read for anyone interested in the Middle Ages. The focus is on women who have been written... READ MORE
Early Feminists?
I have seen Janina Ramirez on TV in programmes about Illustrated Manuscripts etc. I liked her approach so I was interested to see her written work. I liked... READ MORE
June Barnes
Erudite yet hugely accessible
There is a quote part-way through this book about the voices of the women of the Middle Ages, that they have either been lost or they are reflected in the ... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
An extraordinary study that is bound to be an inspiration for all women
“Extraordinary women have held positions of power throughout history. But, aside from the select few, why do we not hear about them?” My thanks to Ebury ... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Get swept away…
As gripping as any fiction, Ramirez completely swept me away on her comprehensive and fascinating herstory of the Middle Ages. Femina was unputdownable fro... READ MORE
Alexandra Othen