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In dialogues with three celestial ladies, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, Christine de Pizan (1365-ca. 1429) builds an allegorical fortified city for women using examples of the important contributions women have made to Western Civilization and arguments that prove their intellectual and moral equality to men. Earl Jeffrey Richards' acclaimed translation is used nationwide in the most eminent colleges and universities in America, from Columbia to Stanford.

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  • PDF | 348 pages
  • Persea Books (June 1, 1998)
  • English
  • 8
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Humberto I. on December 8, 2017

    I read this book based on the Hofstra University Honors College Required Reading List. I was curious about the book and found it to be an intriguing read as an early text (1405 AD - Late European Middle Ages) extolling the intellectual capabilities of women and their contributions to western civilization. All of Pizan’s perspectives were understandable and have relevancy now for analyzing the expanding awareness of how women contribute to society and what sorts of obstacles they still face in pursuing their chosen personal & professional paths. I recommend this book, for men & women, as a summer read for incoming college freshmen.H.L Quintanilla IICAPT, USN (ret)

  • By The Strife of Love in a Dream on July 14, 2001

    Christine falls asleep while contemplating why women in her society get such a bad rap, and has a long dream about exemplary women and their characteristics.Did you ever wonder why we just accept that women in the Middle Ages were considered demons in disguise? Christine tells us all about what she thinks of that concept and of those who insist on spreading such maliciousness, all in an engaging story full of examples of brave, courageous, intelligent, pious, beautiful, generous women. The book was written to dispel some of the nastier slanders then current about women, but it's still good reading today.I confess that during the part about martyrs I wandered off a bit (it is some gruesome stuff in places), but as a period source, it's definitely one every history maven ought to have. Christine is intelligent, observant, and witty; her writing fairly sparkles with indignation over the treatment of women and her sardonic amusement at those men spreading those lies. While hyper-Catholic and in places highly allegorical (and in many places its version of "history" is highly questionable, of course), it is an essential look at a time period where women didn't often make their views known in written form.This book is distinct from "The Book of the Treasure of the City of Ladies".

  • By wiky86 on June 4, 2017

    Initially bought for a class, but Christine's work is a wonderful glimpse into what medieval life was like.

  • By Caitlin Chapman on July 23, 2017

    Noble, and really ground-breaking for the fifteenth century. One of the first feminist books probably ever written. It is written, obviously in a dated fashion, so the reading can get a little redundant.

  • By SuzyinHarlem on March 5, 2016

    Jung would have had a field day with this account, written in the form of a dream which came to the author. Christine de Pizan was one of the most remarkable women of her day or any day, scholarly and self-supporting in a time when women were mostly without rights. She wrote this book in defense of women, who were generally portrayed in literature as shallow, petty, and the source of most of the evil in the world. She lists and describes many of the great women of history with whom she will people her City of Ladies; these descriptions are very interesting reading, particularly for scholars of classical literature, Shakespeare etc., because some of them contain details about characters we're familiar with not readily available from other sources. Not a book for everyone, but fascinating if this is within your field of interest.

  • By NatReno on November 16, 2016

    I bought this book for a class in Medieval Women. I enjoyed it for what it is, a very old book. I appreciate that it is available for me to read now.

  • By A. Bailey on June 21, 2015

    This book will prove that history and human argument just repeat themselves in endless cycles. It has gotten me through some very long and boring waits. Your mileage may vary.

  • By Balynt on December 26, 2016

    Wonderful book and fascinating look into history and the question of misogyny.


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