The depressing weight of the evidence that Suzannah Lipscomb accumulates on rape, pregnant maidservants, wives choosing silence or being “reconciled” to adulterous or violent husbands makes it hard to share her optimism about “ordinary women’s power in this era”. Thanks to her meticulous research, however, the voices of women are heard in 2019 in a way that they were rarely listened to by the consistory courts of Languedoc.
Telly dons with genuine credentials don’t come along often. Suzannah Lipscomb is the Holy Grail of public history: a fluent broadcaster with mass appeal whose academic work exemplifies scholarly rigour... this isn’t a page-turner for the TV audience — but in the world of feminist history The Voices of Nîmes has the potential to shift the paradigms through which we talk about women and power. This is classic microhistory as case study... The Voices of Nîmes constitutes a substantive display of scholarly acumen... a gifted chronicler.