This week, Danièle explores the life and writings of one of the most outspoken women of the Middle Ages: Christine de Pizan.
Christine de Pizan, one of the first women in the West to earn a living by her pen, is increasingly seen as one of the most important thinkers of her time.
This article contends that the view of knighthood defended by the author of the biography was strikingly different in many ways from that held by Christine.
Danièle Cybulskie talks about an awesome fifteenth-century female writer: Christine de Pizan.
When considering medieval manuscripts, what is marginal, and what is not?
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.
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.
May God keep them rich, honourable and worthy of trust!
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?
Natalie Zemon Davis’ lecture at the 2010 Ludwig Holberg Prize Symposium
A full discussion of women’s civic rhetoric in the Middle Ages has been somewhat obfuscated for two reasons: persistent generalities about women’s roles, and generalities about the nature of the civic itself in the Middle Ages.
By the time Christine began the Cité des dames which she completed in 1405 she stated firmly that it had become the “habit of my life” to study literature (in which she included history) and as usual she was sitting in her cell. But how did this become such a habit?
Perhaps the tale has been dismissed because, compared to the other tales, it appears to be simple and straightforward. Lynn Staley Johnson points out that “most Chaucerians hold that this legend could not have been written before about 1373” and further that “it is generally accepted that Chaucer decided to include the legend in the Canterbury book relatively late in the Canterbury period” .
Gender participates in a series of taxonomies that structure the social order, and it therefore participates in processes beyond itself, such as Christianity and knighthood, which are equally about identity within the world of chivalric romance. Therefore, the inscription of one often helps to define the other.
This paper on Charles V of France and his contribution to education was given on October 5th, 2012 as part of a workshop between Freiburg and the University of Toronto.
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 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.
The discussion of gender in medieval literary criticism is generally considered
to be a relatively new field, having achieved real momentum only in the latter half of the twentieth century. However, since it was the early fifteenth century when Christine de Pisan wrote a response to Jean de Meun’s Romance of the Rose, it cannot really be imagined that the medieval audience was too primitive to be fully aware of the subtext inside their stories.
The significance of fathers with regard to their adult daughters seems to be composed of two dominant facets: protection and oppression.
This paper, a tentative approach by someone who is not an expert in this area or on this text, argues that Guillaume de Lorris offers a veiled description of a male to male love relationship.
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 Reno, Christine (VASSAR COLLEGE) Christine de Pisan: The Making of the Queen’s Manuscript (2005)…
Numerous city records provide examples of women working with their fathers and husbands in the building trades as masons, carpenters, doormakers, and others crafts in 13th, 14th , and 15th centuries France, Spain and Germany.
Therefore, it is all the more remarkable that history yields to us several outstanding women of the Middle Ages and 1600s whose accomplishments in the fields of science and writing are still recognized today as valid and significant.