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Who cooked the Last Supper? : the women's history of the world
Miles, Rosalind.
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First Three Rivers Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Three Rivers Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
342 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Originally published as The women's history of the world in hardcover by Salem House Publishers in 1989"--T.p. verso.
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HQ1121 .M62 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Who Cooked the Last Supper? overturns the phallusy of history and gives voice to the untold history of the world: the contributions of millions of unsung women.

Men dominate history because men write history. There have been many heroes, but no heroines. Here, in Who Cooked the Last Supper? , is the history you never learned--but should have!

Without politics or polemics, this brilliant and witty book overturns centuries of preconceptions to restore women to their rightful place at the center of culture, revolution, empire, war, and peace. Spiced with tales of individual women who have shaped civilization, celebrating the work and lives of women around the world, and distinguished by a wealth of research, Who Cooked the Last Supper? redefines our concept of historical reality.

Author Notes

Rosalind Miles, Ph.D. , is a well-known and critically acclaimed English novelist, essayist, lecturer, and BBC broadcaster. Educated at Oxford and the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham, she is the founder of the Center for Women's Studies at Coventry Polytechnic in England. Her novels, including Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country and The Knight of the Sacred Lake , have been international bestsellers. She divides her time between homes in England and California. Her website address is

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A Woman's Place There may have been only men sitting at the table, but Who Cooked the Last Supper? asks writer Rosalind Miles (I, Elizabeth; Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country). Bent on setting the record straight, Miles offers a keen and passionate look at women's contributions to civilizations from hunter-gatherer societies to the present, shining a spotlight into neglected corners as well as on familiar figures: who knew, for example, that Florence Nightingale defied a military commander and, wielding a hammer, broke into a locked storeroom after he refused to give her medical supplies? Readers will delight in this rebel-rousing read, previously published in 1990 by HarperPerennial as The Women's History of the World. ( Apr. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved