The Book of the City of Ladies

The book also offers a fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture.

The Book of the City of Ladies

Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430) was France's first professional woman of letters. Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine has a dreamlike vision where three virtues - Reason, Rectitude and Justice - appear to correct this view. They instruct her to build an allegorical city in which womankind can be defended against slander, its walls and towers constructed from examples of female achievement both from her own day and the past: ranging from warriors, inventors and scholars to prophetesses, artists and saints. Christine de Pizan's spirited defence of her sex was unique for its direct confrontation of the misogyny of her day, and offers a telling insight into the position of women in medieval culture. THE CITY OF LADIES provides positive images of women, ranging from warriors and inventors, scholars to prophetesses, and artists to saints. The book also offers a fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture.

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The Book of the City of Ladies
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Christine Pizan
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-06-09 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430) was France's first professional woman of letters. Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine has a dreamlike vision where three virtues - Reason, Rectitude and Justice - appear to correct
The Treasure of the City of Ladies
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Christine (de Pisan), Christine de Pizan
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-10-30 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Written by Europe�s first professional woman writer, The Treasure of the City of Ladies offers advice and guidance to women of all ages and from all levels of medieval society, from royal courtiers to prostitutes. It paints an intricate picture of daily life in the courts and streets of fifteenth-century
The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing
Language: en
Pages: 832
Authors: Hannah Dawson
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-24 - Publisher: Penguin Classics

Feminism is the insight that women are oppressed, and the struggle against that oppression. The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing is a global anthology of feminist writers, edited and introduced by a major new essay by Hannah Dawson. It brings together an unprecedented line-up of the movement. It unfurls the
French Romance of the Later Middle Ages
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: Rosalind Brown-Grant
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-11-13 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of medieval French literature but also to students and specialists of other medieval European languages, as well as to medieval historians, and those working in gender studies."--BOOK JACKET.
The City of Ladies
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Christine de Pizan
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-25 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Pioneering female writer Christine de Pizan's spirited defence of her sex against medieval misogyny and literary stereotypes is now recognized as one of the most important books in the history of feminism, and offers a telling insight into the role of women in a man's world.