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Views of Christine de Pizan and Others

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Lecture 3 – The Italian Renaissance

Here is a fascinating slide production, found

online, with material featuring the works of

Christine de Pizan, specifically to begin with,

where her famous book can be viewed in part.

Following these initial images are other

interesting ones from the medieval period.

It seems hard to believe there were no

cameras, computers, or even typewriters.

The skill required in making books was a

totally different one to what it is today.

Due to the arts of the needle, paintbrush and pen,

these snapshots of times past are made possible.

Thanks to the creator of this wonderful slide show,

we can take a look into the past, another era,

when women’s lives were far different to what they are

in the current era.

(copyright Imogen Crest 2008.)

Written by imogen88

June 13, 2008 at 3:11 pm

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Writing in Cyberspace

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Christine de Pizan at Her Computer

Christine de Pizan at Her Computer
Illustration by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

–submitted to the City of Ladies by Genece Hamby

Written by Genece Hamby

March 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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Arriving at the City of Ladies

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Everyday new travellers arrive at the City of Ladies and look in wonder at this magnificent city, built upon the foundation stones that Christine de Pizan laid.

Written by Heather Blakey

August 13, 2006 at 7:41 am

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Reason, Recitude and Justice

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Recitude, Reason and Justice
City of Ladies
by Heather Blakey August 2006

“Since I serve to demonstrate clearly and to show both in thought and deed to each man and woman his or her own special qualities and faults, you see me holding this shining mirror which I carry in my right hand in place of a scepter. I would thus have you know truly that no one can look into this mirror, no matter what kind of creature, without achieving clear self-knowledge.”
from The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan

Written by Heather Blakey

August 12, 2006 at 1:26 am

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A Few Words About Our Patroness…..

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Christine de Pizan (1365-1430) is considered the first European woman to make her living as a professional writer. The widow of a French court official, de Pizan was forced by this circumstance to provide for herself, her children, and several other family members. She took on the task of educating herself and astutely began writing for the tastes of the courtiers. Besides writing love ballads and romantic poetry, she actively engaged in literary debates, which eventually brought her to the attention of a number of wealthy patrons.

Appalled by misogynistic themes common to popular literature of the period, de Pizan penned The Book of the City of Ladies in 1405 where she argues that woman are not inferior to men. What is unique about the book is that it does not draw on traditional male voices of authority. Rather, she creates a chorus of female voices, in the characters of Rectitude, Justice, and Reason, to battle common negative female stereotypes.

For more information about Christine de Pizan’s life and creative work, please visit Wikipedia.

Written by Pelican1

August 8, 2006 at 5:07 am