Publication Date: 01/11/2018 ISBN: 9781788543415 Category:
Featured in Mr B's 2018 Christmas Catalogue

Unquiet Women

Max Adams

Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 01/11/2018 ISBN: 9781788543415 Category:



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Mr B’s Christmas Catalogue Review 2018

An array of extraordinary women are brought to life in Max Adams’ exploration of women speaking up for themselves between the fall of Rome and the Enlightenment. With a feminist undertone, Adams has made it his mission to re-address the gender imbalance in historical narrative. ‘Unquiet Women’ showcases individuals who impacted history in unexpected ways, from Anglo-Saxon noblewoman Wynflaed who owned male slaves, to Mary Astell a philosopher who challenged philosophical thought.


Unquiet Women is an exquisitely crafted patchwork of the forgotten lives of some of the most remarkable women in history. History is polyphonic; it must be told by many voices. In Unquiet Women, Max Adams brings to life the voices and experiences of women living between the last days of Rome and the Enlightenment, whose stories of creativity, intellect and influence are all too rarely told.

From Wynflaed, the Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who owned male slaves and badger-skin gowns, to Mary Astell, the philosopher who out-thought John Locke, this is a kaleidoscopic study of women’s history before the Enlightenment changed everything. In this rigorous work of rescue and recovery, their voices can be heard across the centuries – still passionate and still strong.


‘A centuries-spanning study that rescues women’s lives from the margins of history’ BBC History Magazine

‘Illuminating and wise… An important book’ Herald

‘A timely work which is beautifully designed and executed, embodying the charm and power of the remarkable women within its pages’ All About History

Publisher Review


‘A triumph’ Tom Holland, on The King in the North.

‘Engaging and scholarly’ TLS, on In the Land of Giants.

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