I have been making steady progress with writing the emperors book, but not quite at the rate I had being hoping. That is to say, I have not often made my target of 1000 words a day. But (as is always the way) as soon I should really be doing something else I start to have a spurt.
That ‘something else’ is the lecture I am giving on 3 March at the British Museum (for the LRB) on ‘Women in Power’. In some ways it is a sequel to the ‘Public Voice of Women’ that I gave in 2014, but it has got to go a good way beyond that and not just repeat, with variants. In that old lecture I explored the way that women in the West, from the Homeric Age on, had quite simply been SHUT UP by men (‘Oh do shut up, dear’ was its other title). Now I want to take a closer look at some wider aspects of female power (or powerlessness).