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The City of Ladies
     

The City of Ladies

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by Christine de Pizan, Rosalind Brown-Grant
 

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A fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture, written by France's first professional woman of letters.

The pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine de Pizan has a dreamlike vision

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A fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture, written by France's first professional woman of letters.

The pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine de Pizan 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 defense 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101651353
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Series:
Penguin Great Ideas
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
297 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an abridged version.