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What is Medieval Paratext?

When considering medieval manuscripts, what is marginal, and what is not?

Book Review: A Medieval Woman’s Companion by Susan Signe Morrison

Susan Signe Morrison’s book, “A Medieval Woman’s Companion” brings the contributions of medieval women, famous and obscure, to the forefront in this fantastic introductory text.

The Daily Life of a Medieval King

Have you wondered just what a medieval king did on a typical day? We actually do have an account of what it was like for King Charles V of France, thanks to Christine de Pizan.

Christine de Pizan on Business Ethics

May God keep them rich, honourable and worthy of trust!

Christine de Pizan: A Feminist Way to Learning

Why this discrepancy between the views of modern critics such as Gaston Paris, Arturo Farinelli, Henri Hauvette, and Marie-Joseph Pinet, who disparage the work, and the praise given it by Christine’s contemporaries?

Decentering history: local stories and cultural crossing in a global world

Natalie Zemon Davis’ lecture at the 2010 Ludwig Holberg Prize Symposium

Interpreting Warfare and Knighthood in Late Medieval France: Writers and Their Sources in the Reign of King Charles VI (1380-1422)

Romances provided the basis of a particular kind of view of knighthood and warfare that was very influential on other literature concerning knights and warfare, as much as it was on real life practices and attitudes.

“Doulce chose est que mariage”: Exemplarity and Advice in the Works of Christine de Pizan

I first examine the autobiographical elements of Christine’s works that highlight her personal marital experience. Christine draws authority from her first-hand knowledge of marriage, which supersedes the flawed assumptions of scholars lacking this life experience.

Nero, Emperor and Tyrant, in the Medieval French Tradition

Nero ruled the Roman Empire from 54 to 68 CE, bringing to an end the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Perversely attractive and also thoroughly abhorrent, he evoked both positive and negative images.

Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson on the Body Politic: The Limits of Intellectual Influence?

The present paper represents a small attempt to test competing hypotheses about the substance of the intellectual friendship between Christine and Jean by examining one overlapping theme in their respective body of writings: the organic metaphor between the human body and the political community.

Christine de Pizan’s Enseignemens moraux: Good Advice for Several Generations

Christine de Pizan’s Enseignemens moraux: Good Advice for Several Generations Reno, Christine (VASSAR COLLEGE) Christine de Pisan: The Making of the Queen’s Manuscript (2005) Abstract Christine de Pizan’s Enseignemens moraux, or Moral teachings, is a collection, in the modern edition by Maurice Roy, of one hundred thirteen nuggets of moral and practical advice addressed to the […]

A Medieval Gateway to Feminist Education: Christine de Pizan’s Subversive Revision of Boccaccio

A Medieval Gateway to Feminist Education: Christine de Pizan’s Subversive Revision of Boccaccio   Kivilcim Yavuz (İSTANBUL BİLGİ UNIVERSITY, TURKEY) Paper given at 2nd INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ CONFERENCE, BASKENT UNIVERSITY, 27-29 MARCH (2002) Abstract The Zenobia figure is the mainstay of the defence of women’s education in the transition period from the medieval to the modern. […]

Christine de Pizan and the Querelle de la Rose: Combating Misogyny with Morality

Christine de Pizan and the Querelle de la Rose: Combating Misogyny with Morality By Margaret E. Loebe Honors Journal (2006) Introduction: Christine de Pizan, a fifteenth-century French writer, was the first professional female author to publish in her own name since Sappho in Ancient Greece. Not only did Christine champion women’s moral equality with men, […]

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