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A groundbreaking and controversial history of European women-- the first to give an original and revolutionary view of women's past as defined by gender and role. A groundbreaking and controversial history of European women-- the first to give an original and revolutionary view of women's past as defined by gender and role.


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A groundbreaking and controversial history of European women-- the first to give an original and revolutionary view of women's past as defined by gender and role. A groundbreaking and controversial history of European women-- the first to give an original and revolutionary view of women's past as defined by gender and role.

30 review for A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Good and in depth history of women in Europe. Three stars, though, because some of the parts dealing with literature were incorrect. Aphrodite was not pro-Greek in the Trojan War, for instance.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Lett

    This book should be on the shelf of every student of history. While it tends to reduce at times to a list of dry events, there are many invaluable and hard to find anecdotes that are seldom found in mainstream history tomes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This was a terrific book about the lives and circumstances that have too often been passed over as being not important or dull because there are no gallant knights, etc. It will make your blood boil at times and now I never use the term "rule of thumb" - the max diameter of a rod or stick used to hit one's wife was not to exceed the diameter of one's thumb. Very informative and a good read. This was a terrific book about the lives and circumstances that have too often been passed over as being not important or dull because there are no gallant knights, etc. It will make your blood boil at times and now I never use the term "rule of thumb" - the max diameter of a rod or stick used to hit one's wife was not to exceed the diameter of one's thumb. Very informative and a good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cybele

    Very good, comprehensive history book for women. Read it 2x for various writing projects....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lockyear

    Great history of women's lives in Europe. If you aren't already, it will light your women's lib fires! Great history of women's lives in Europe. If you aren't already, it will light your women's lib fires!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    First volume of an eye-opening history of the treatment of women in Europe. Full of various accounts cobbled from official records and personal accounts alike, this is a fascinating book of how women have been (mis)treated in Europe through the ages. Honestly, to read this is to become enraged at what our fellow human beings have had to endure over the years simply for having been born with a vagina rather than a penis. Reading this makes one thankful that all our mothers, and grandmothers, and a First volume of an eye-opening history of the treatment of women in Europe. Full of various accounts cobbled from official records and personal accounts alike, this is a fascinating book of how women have been (mis)treated in Europe through the ages. Honestly, to read this is to become enraged at what our fellow human beings have had to endure over the years simply for having been born with a vagina rather than a penis. Reading this makes one thankful that all our mothers, and grandmothers, and aunts before us somehow prevailed regardless of all the crap that was thrown in their way. Life in Europe up until very recently - historically speaking - was very short and brutish for most, but this book very clearly explains how much more difficult it was for women. I'd recommend this to anyone who is a human being who cares about our shared history.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    An excellent narrative history of women in Europe from the 8th through the 16th century. I especially liked the focus on "constants" vs. "exceptions" to women's lives geographically and chronologically. An excellent narrative history of women in Europe from the 8th through the 16th century. I especially liked the focus on "constants" vs. "exceptions" to women's lives geographically and chronologically.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lance Grabmiller

    Nothing surprising or especially revelatory to me here but times have changed and it is a monumental feat of academic prowess. I wish some of the repetitions were handled a bit better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leah Cossette

    A fascinating look at women's history. Very thorough and detailed, excellent for historical research. There were a few errors, but on the whole it got 4 stars because it was so informative. A fascinating look at women's history. Very thorough and detailed, excellent for historical research. There were a few errors, but on the whole it got 4 stars because it was so informative.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob Cat

    v. I and v. II

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I make a promise to myself to read at least 100 pages in every book I attempt, to give it a chance. I found the first 100 pages to be rather dry, academic, boring, and not particularly interesting. I wanted to find what I was reading interesting. I'm interested in learning more about the roles and treatment of women in Europe throughout history, which is why I picked up this book in the first place. 'A History of Their Own', unfortunately, left me wanting to skip ahead and find where it started I make a promise to myself to read at least 100 pages in every book I attempt, to give it a chance. I found the first 100 pages to be rather dry, academic, boring, and not particularly interesting. I wanted to find what I was reading interesting. I'm interested in learning more about the roles and treatment of women in Europe throughout history, which is why I picked up this book in the first place. 'A History of Their Own', unfortunately, left me wanting to skip ahead and find where it started to get interesting, but I couldn't seem to locate that spot in my skimmings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brideshead

    Un libro serio y riguroso que trata de llenar las lagunas de la historia. La organización de los capítulos es original pero es muy adecuada para presentar las aportaciones de las mujeres a la historia y las dificultades que han encontrado.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eugenia

    Interesting for sure but a bit dated in its research and views.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Kucharski

  15. 5 out of 5

    KatherineMayWilliams

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fiorella Tosti

  18. 4 out of 5

    AC Fick

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ági

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erika

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rita A.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  29. 4 out of 5

    S

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

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