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  • Sex and the City of Ladies

  • Rewriting History with Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia and Catherine the Great
  • Written by: Lisa Hilton
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins

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Sex and the City of Ladies

Written by: Lisa Hilton
Narrated by: Karen Cass
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author and historian Lisa Hilton picks up the mythical ‘City of Ladies’ where the medieval writer Christine de Pisan left off, continuing a conversation about gender and greatness that began more than 600 years ago. 

In 1450 Christine de Pisan took up the pen to defend her maligned sex. Her book, The City of Ladies, was built around preserving women's reputations from the slights and misunderstandings of history. In it the author is visited by three spirits - Justice, Rectitude and Reason - who guide her in sifting through countless lives, in search of worthy citizens.

Nearly 600 years later, the historian and novelist Lisa Hilton picks up the book and promptly falls asleep, only to be visited by three great women from history: Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia and Catherine the Great. And they aren’t happy. Having found themselves barred from the original ‘City of Ladies’, they want to know why. And isn’t it time, they ask, for a new author to take up the pen?

What follows is a reassessment of the past, in which deeds and reputations, rumours and reality are held up to the light and history is wrested back from the distortions of misogyny.  

©2020 Lisa Hilton (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Clever, droll and fabulous - a thought-provoking blend of history, fable and glamour." (Lucy Worsley, historian)

"A witty and wonderful woman's-eye view of three of history's most maligned female power brokers." (Hallie Rubenhold, 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize-winning author of The Five)

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  • katie Raney
  • 2021-05-12

short but complex

a lot to think about in a short essay I wish there was more. I'll be thinking about this for a while

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