Powerful women have too often been overlooked by history. Of course we know about Boudica, Cleopatra, Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great. But there are many others whose stories are just as dramatic and deserve to be better known, such as Wu Zhao, who poisoned the crown prince and became the first and only female empress of China, or Razia of the Delhi sultanate, who killed her opponents to establish herself as the first female Muslim ruler of the subcontinent. And then there’s Kösem, married to the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I, who exercised power for decades, had everyone who stood in her way strangled, including her own son, and suffered the same fate herself, possibly by means of her own hair.
On December 13 Intelligence Squared welcomes the acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of the new book The World: A Family History and the historical novelist Kate Mosse, whose latest publication is Warrior Queens and Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World. In conversation with historian and broadcaster Kate Williams they will discuss great women from across the globe and the whole span of human history – how they gained power, how they wielded it and how, given that it was largely men who wrote history and often distorted it to suit their own ends, we can establish the truth about these women and celebrate their contribution to the human story.
‘A staggering achievement. Montefiore has given us a tremendous gift: a pulsingly readable world history through the millennia and from one end of the globe to the other.’ – Simon Schama
‘A tour de force – hugely ambitious, erudite and filled with surprises – that puts the family and families back into the heart of history.’ – Peter Frankopan
‘Compelling, moving, epic and diverse, Montefiore’s wonderful storytelling prowess and the wide research pulls off this unparalleled world history in a single narrative with unforgettable style.’ – Olivette Otele
‘One brilliant woman writing about so many other brilliant women, this is a wonderful treasure chest of women’s lives, full of wit, verve and emotion . . . Epic, unputdownable, gripping. I loved it.’ – Professor Kate Williams
Book bundles include one ticket for the online debate, plus a paperback copy of The World by Simon Sebag Montefiore with free UK P&P. Books will be posted within 1-2 weeks of the event finishing. Click here to purchase a book bundle.
Book bundles include one ticket for the online debate, plus a paperback copy of Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World by Kate Mosse with free UK P&P. Books will be posted within 1-2 weeks of the event finishing. Click here to purchase a book bundle.