Men have always claimed that there is such a thing as “female nature” and described it with great authority – but throughout history, women have refused to conform to the strict view of what is masculine and feminine - from fierce jousting medieval ladies to 18th Century French aristocrats who seamlessly slip in and out of male and female roles.

Joining Philippa to discuss whether women have ever fitted the mould are:

  • Professor Cordelia Fine, philosopher of science and psychologist and author of Testosterone Rex and Delusions of Gender and
  • Dr Ronx Ikharia, A&E doctor and presenter of Operation Ouch and The Gender Diagnosis podcast

Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.

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