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MOTHER TONGUE The Surprising History of Women's Words

by | Read by Beth Hicks

History • 8.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2023

Narrator Beth Hicks engages listeners with medieval historian Nuttall's fascinating survey of early words that were used for women's bodies and bodily parts, as well as for menstruation, pregnancy, childcare, and traditional occupations for women. Covering the English language from 800 to 1800 CE, Hicks delivers Nuttall's extensive investigation of medical records from physicians and midwives, as well as medical histories from theological sources, dictionaries, and accounts of individuals. Hicks's warm, conversational tone gives a pleasing sheen to archaic words that may be unfamiliar to modern ears. Her consistent inquisitive manner helps listeners stay focused throughout this concisely told comprehensive study. While this audiobook is intended for a general audience, it will have particular appeal to those interested in women's history and the etymology of language. M.J. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2023]

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9780593742044 $20.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2023

DD ISBN 9780593742051 $76.00

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