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Christine de Pisan (also seen as de Pizan) (1365 — c. 1434) was a Venetian-born woman of the medieval era who strongly challenged misogyny and stereotypes prevalent in the male-dominated realm of the arts. As a poet, she was well known and highly regarded in her own day.

She spent most of her childhood and all of her adult life primarily in Paris and then the abbey at Poissy, and wrote entirely in her adoptive tongue of Middle French. Her early courtly poetry is marked by her knowledge of aristocratic custom and fashion of the day, particularly involving women and the practice of chivalry. Her early and later allegorical and didactic treatises reflect both autobiographical information about her life and views and also her own individualized and protofeminist approach to the scholastic learned tradition of mythology, legend, and history she inherited from clerical scholars and to the genres and courtly or scholastic subjects of contemporary French and Italian poets she admired. Supported and encouraged by important royal French and English patrons, Christine had a profound influence on fifteenth-century English poetry.Christine completed forty-one pieces during her thirty-year career (1399—1429). She earned her accolade as Europe’s first professional woman writer. Her success stems from a wide range of innovative writing and rhetorical techniques that critically challenged renowned male writers, such as Jean de Meun who, to Christine’s dismay, incorporated misogynist beliefs within their literary works.She married in 1380, at the age of 15 and was widowed 10 years later. Much of the impetus for her writing came from her need to earn a living for herself and her three children.

In recent decades, Christine's work has been returned to prominence by the efforts of scholars such as Charity Cannon Willard, Earl Jeffrey Richards and Simone de Beauvoir. Certain scholars have argued that she should be seen as an early feminist who efficiently used language to convey that women could play an important role within society. This characterization has been challenged by other critics who claim either that it is an anachronistic use of the word, or that her beliefs were not progressive enough to merit such a designation.

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Total Books: 22
Debate of the Romance of the Rose
2010 - Debate of the Romance of the Rose [The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226670126
ISBN-10: 0226670120
Genre: Nonfiction
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The City of Ladies
2006 - The City of Ladies [Penguin Great Ideas] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780143037545
ISBN-10: 0143037544
Genre: Nonfiction
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City of Ladies
2005 - City of Ladies (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780141023878
ISBN-10: 0141023872
Genre: Nonfiction
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The Treasure of the City of Ladies
2003 - The Treasure of the City of Ladies [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140449501
ISBN-10: 0140449507
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor The Treasury of the City of Ladies
2001 - A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor the Treasury of the City of Ladies (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780892551354
ISBN-10: 0892551356
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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The Book of the City of Ladies
2000 - The Book of the City of Ladies [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140446890
ISBN-10: 0140446893
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
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The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry
1999 - The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780271018812
ISBN-10: 027101881X
Genre: History
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The Book of the Duke of True Lovers
1997 - The Book of the Duke of True Lovers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780892551668
ISBN-10: 0892551666
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Selected Writings of Christine De Pizan New Translations Criticism
1997 - The Selected Writings of Christine De Pizan New Translations Criticism [Norton Critical Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393970104
ISBN-10: 0393970108
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Pizan The Book of the Body Politic
1994 - Pizan the Book of the Body Politic [Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521422598
ISBN-10: 0521422590
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Les Cite DES Dames
1986 - Les Cite Des Dames [Serie "Moyen Age"] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782234019898
ISBN-10: 2234019893
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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