The City of Ladies

Product Number: EB00394468
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101651353
Publisher: Penguin Books
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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.

Author(s): Christine de Pizan
Original Publish Date: May 30, 2006

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