Max Adams and Nell Stevens discuss the often hidden role of women in our history books. Adams’ Unquiet Women brings to life the experiences of women such as Egeria, a Gaulish nun, who toured the Holy Land as the Roman Empire was collapsing and Mary Astell, a philosopher, who out-thought John Locke.  Stevens’ Mrs Gaskell and Me is a witty and highly personal account of Elizabeth Gaskell’s time in Rome, a city where she found a group of artists and writers who would become inspirational friends, and a man – Charles Norton – who would be the love of her life, though they would never be together.

Chaired by Jacqui Hodgson

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