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The Voices of Nimes by Suzannah Lipscomb (Reader in Early Modern History, University of Roehampton)

The Voices of Nimes

Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc

Suzannah Lipscomb (Reader in Early Modern History, University of Roehampton)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 14 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9780198797661

Most of the women who ever lived left no trace of their existence on the record of history. In this book, Suzannah Lipscomb recovers the lives and aspirations of ordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French women, using rich source material to show what they thought about their lives, menfolk, friendships, faith, and sex.

4 stars out of 5
29 May 2019

"Female life in early modern France"

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.


5 stars out of 5
14 Feb 2019

"a gifted chronicler"

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.