: The Book of the City of Ladies (Penguin Classics) ( ): Christine de Pizan, Rosalind Brown-Grant: Books. The Book of the City of Ladies is a work of prose by Christine de Pizan that was Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and. Christine de Pizan (c) was France’s first professional woman of letters . Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when.

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Reason begins to speak about ladies who were blessed with great learning, starting with the chdistine maiden Cornificia. About the maiden Arachne, who invented the arts of dyeing wool and of weaving fine tapestries, as well as the art of growing flax and making it into cloth.

In medieval Europe, misogyny certainly was a commonplace point hhe view in the popular works oof literature of the time as well as in all other parts of life. Return to Book Page. May 17, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: The three daughters of God listen to Pizan’s questions, all of which are about how women have been treated throughout history, the way they are portrayed in literature, the way they are subjected to rape and torture, and accused of being malicious and manipulative.

Lady Justice tells Christine of female saints who were praised for their martyrdom. About Queen Berenice of Cappadocia.

My female ancestors, beleaguered Irish Catholic women who faced oppression not just by christone of their gender but for their race and religion, managed to maintain their noble spirit despite oppression violence and starvation. Christine who was well educated out of many women who were not, felt trapped but found a way with the help and encouragement of the allegorical characters who were Lady of Reason, Lady of Rectitude and Lady of Justice.


She does invent some new explanations for the stories about pagan goddesses, saying that they were pizsn local figures of great renown who were treated as gods later as time passed, due to their learning or example.

Each woman added to the city adds to Pizan’s argument towards women as valued participants in society. I thoroughly enjoyed Christine de Pizan’s writing and her vigorous defense of female honor against the churlish boors of her day. I loved it because when I put myself in that position it was truly empowering, but at the same time there were many things that were hard for my 21st century mind to understand, especially in the last part in which Justice talked about the martyrs and their glorious It has taken me a long time to finish this book, not because it wasn’t easy to read the translation is pretty good and easy to followbut because I had to constantly put myself in the position and mind of a th century woman.

Also, some quotes from the book were truly timeless, such as “It [ Not only is she reasonable, but she also has moral wisdom.

The Book of the City of Ladies

This lzdies an amazing humanist text written in S – something that should have been nearly impossible not to be in that context, really. About Medea, and another queen named Circe.

Proofs to refute the view that women are lacking in constancy: Christine and Lady Rectitude also discuss the institution of marriage, addressing Christine’s questions regarding men’s claims about the ill qualities women bring to marriage. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: About the noble Queen Artemisia.


This is no angry diatribe, but simply a defence lacies women and their abilities. Part 2Canto Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Aug 01, Tyne O’Connell rated it it was amazing.

In it Boccaccio decried the practice…. About Queen Penthesilea and how she went to the rescue of the city of Troy. About the sibyl Erythrea. She would hardly recognize it now if she showed up.

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That and religion in general are the two things that really fetter her, I think: Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. What will be so remains to be seen, so long as there are readers willing to put the effort into seeing. I’m impressed by the pizsn in every way I can think of.

The list is depressingly familiar – women cannot be as strong as men, women conspire to make mens’ lives miserable, they are incapable of creating clty men do, and even that most vicious excuse for criminals everywhere, ‘women secretly want to be raped’. I’d only read excerpts of this book before now and Christine’s sincerity moved me deeply.