Museums can provide a neutral yet contextualised space where discussions flourish, as has been seen at the Florence Nightingale Museum this summer with an ongoing debate about the suitability of a proposed statue to Mary Seacole at St Thomas’ Hospital.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, here are 10 great history books... which happen to be written by women.
1. Veronica Wedgwood, The Thirty Years War (NYRB Classics, 2005). More than 70 years old (it was first published in 1938), but still the best history of Early Modern Europe’s bitter sectarian bloodbath by the master (or mistress?) of narrative history.
2. Frances A. Yates, The Art of Memory (Pimlico, 1992). Another Dame’s masterpiece, this time the erudite, esoteric and influential account of how Ancient art of mnemonics influenced the Renaissance.