Women historians 'too timid' to write about men





Helen Rappaport, who has just written a biography of Lenin, called Conspirator, said they should be "bolder" rather than limiting themselves to wives and mistresses.

Earlier this year Dr David Starkey, the historian and Tudor specialist, caused a storm by accusing female authors of "feminising" British history.

However, rather than taking issue with Dr Starkey, she said: "I think in a way Starkey raised one or two valid points.

"Ninety per cent of the time these big biographies of male figures are done by men.

"I feel women should be less timid. I think perhaps women have done themselves down by not dipping their toes in the water.

"Women should try big male subjects rather than limiting themselves to wives and mistresses.

"Why don't they just be a bit bolder and have a go at male subjects themselves?"



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