Normal Women

Philippa Gregory

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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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 charityNormal 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 1414Clips: 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.