Captain Cook’s sailors traded nails for sex, but the history of intimate encounters and their impact on women throughout the Pacific is still largely ignored.
Women’s solo sex can be taboo even today. But in 17th century England it featured in many texts from poetry to medical books, suggesting knowledge or even acceptance of female self-pleasure.
It’s been 100 years since the murder of Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
May 16 marks the 300th anniversary of the first woman to write a mathematics textbook.
In history, as in historical fantasy, women have an uneasy and dangerous path to power.