: 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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I felt I owed it to the ladies of history and my own matriarchal lineage to preserve and honour the word Lady. I can’t wait oof get my copy! Aug 20, Marina rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed her little asides; for instance, in discussing examples of feminine constancy, she notes that she does not condone imprudent excesses of passion but that they prove her point.

The Book of the City of Ladies

One of the many Latin works the author produced after his meeting with Petrarch, De claris mulieribus contains the biographies of more than notable women. However, where Boccaccio’s work could really be a christlne or miss depending on what the topic happened to be, I find Pizan’s storytelling to be intriguing, making each woman she talks about seem interesting. She finds them in classical myth, as well as the religious stories thr saints and martyrs, and cjristine some degree among the nobility of France and other nations.

This sweet and gentle book, drawn from Boccaccio’s On Famous Women, which is extensively cited, was written to persuade women to value themselves and celebrate their accomplishments throughout history. Contact our editors with your feedback. I can’t for the life of me say that this book is “good” or “bad” or anything in between, it’s not one of those books.

They’re not just sitting around waiting for the Plague to blow over, telling each other stories.

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Help us improve this article! Against those who claim that it is not good for women to be educated.

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Boccaccio believes that young girls need to be taught about life and virtues before they are consecrated to God.

Also, some quotes from the book were truly timeless, such as “It [ A remarkable book by Europe’s first professional female writer–and its first work of feminism. It is interesting to read a text and see how the cult of the Christkne Mary helped elevate women’s place in society.

About Queen Ceres, who invented agriculture and many other arts. Thanks for telling us about the problem. By the end of the book, I thought, man, I want to join this city of precious stones with these noble, beautiful ladies and have a Virgin Mary empress who is kind and virtuous and celestial. It’s an important document from its time.

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. For they never address women nor warn them against men’s traps even though it citg certain that men frequently deceive women with their fast tricks and duplicity.

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While I found it a worthwhile experience, I remember thinking that the women were not portrayed in a very kind light all the time in his stories. May 20, Fiona marked pizna as to-read. Looking for More Great Reads? About Juno, and some other famous ladies. Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

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She is remarkable because she is first woman at least from what I’ve read to have a say in her own decisions. The Book of the City of Ladies seems like an apt curricular antidote to male-centric histories. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.


She gives boook only herself reason, but also gives readers, and women, reason to believe that women are not evil or useless creatures but instead vhristine a significant place within society.

Those myriad decades of wealth of growth were stolen from The Book of the City of Ladies by a little willful ignorance here, a little socially encouraged bad faith there, etc, etc, etc, and suddenly five centuries have passed and the patriarchy chrisine with the certainty that none of its deconstruction will surface from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Yhe, I’d comapre City of Ladies to Boccaccio’s Decameron ; in fact, I think it’s where Pizan might have pulled some inspiration, as she alludes to christind former work in many coty. Parts of the tract have become stale and atrophies, but what remains applicable is so to the point of pain, for one always prefers that the sadists of yesteryear had been annihilated through sheer mass acknowledgement of fellow humanity. It is enough of a surprise that Pizan was even able to achieve the status that she did in her lifetime as a writer, but it is even more of a shock that she could write such a thought-provoking work abound with wisdom on the female gender.

Oct 04, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: As one of the rare female voices of the Middle Ages, de Pizan would have been interesting even if she weren’t very interesting.

If I see many women who are smart, kind, virtuous, and intelligent, it can’t be that all women are bad.