The Book of the City of Ladies

The Book of the City of Ladies

by Christine de Pisan
     
 

A new translation of one of medieval Europe's most remarkable feminist texts.

In The Book of the City of Ladies France's first professional woman of letters confronted head-on the misogyny of fourteenth-century Europe. Here, with the help of Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, Christine de Pizan constructs an allegorical city in which to defend womankind,…  See more details below

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A new translation of one of medieval Europe's most remarkable feminist texts.

In The Book of the City of Ladies France's first professional woman of letters confronted head-on the misogyny of fourteenth-century Europe. Here, with the help of Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, Christine de Pizan constructs an allegorical city in which to defend womankind, using examples of female virtue and achievement both from the past and her own day as the stones with which to build the city's walls and towers.

This key text in the history of feminism not only provides powerful positive images of women—ranging from warriors, inventors, and scholars to prophetesses, artists, and saints—but also offers fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture, which viewed female nature as wholly given up to vice. This Penguin Classics edition also includes a superb Introduction that sets the work within its historical and intellectual context, annotations, a Glossary, and a Bibliography.

* The Book of the City of Ladies is the sequel to The Treasure of the City of Ladies: Or, The Book of Three Virtues

* Translated with an Introduction by Rosalind Brown-Grant

One of the most remarkable literary figures of medieval Europe, Christine de Pizan (1364-c. 1430) was born in Venice but spent most of her life in the court of Charles V of France, producing lyric poetry and a biography of Charles.

Rosalind Brown-Grant is Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds, England.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892550661
Publisher:
Persea Books
Publication date:
09/10/1983
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.56(d)

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