Five Best Books on Unsung Women

From a Wall Street Journal books column by Leah Redmond Chang headlined “Five Best Books on Unsung Women”:

The Return of Martin Guerre
By Natalie Zemon Davis (1983)

1. Don’t ask “Who is the real Martin Guerre?” Ask rather: At what point did Martin’s wife, Bertrande de Rols, realize that the man who returned to her after an eight-year absence was an impostor, the wily Arnaud du Tilh? Set in the 16th-century Pyrenean village of Artigat, Natalie Zemon Davis’s account of this true story steers away from royal courts and into the hearts and minds of French peasants. Bertrande embraced Arnaud’s duplicity, as Ms. Davis makes plain.