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A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor : The Treasury of the City of Ladies - Christine De Pizan

A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor

The Treasury of the City of Ladies

Paperback Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780892551354
Number Of Pages: 272

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This is the sequel to the classic Book of the City of Ladies. A medieval instruction book for women of all classes -- from peasant to princess -- it provides a firsthand glimpse into how women of the Middle Ages lived.

Acknowledgmentsp. 5
Christine de Pizan's Well-Tempered Feminismp. 11
Christine de Pizan's Advice to Womenp. 27
A Note on the Textp. 47
Illustrationsp. 49
The first chapter, which tells how the Virtues, by whose command Christine had composed and compiled The Book of the City of Ladies, appeared once more and commissioned her to write this present bookp. 69
Wherein it tells how the three Virtues exhort all princesses and great ladies to come to their college, where the first and basic teaching is to love and fear Our Lordp. 70
Wherein the sort of temptations which can assail a great princess are describedp. 72
Which tells how the good princess who loves and fears Our Lord can resist temptation through divine inspirationp. 73
Where the helpful advice and knowledge which come to a good princess through the love and fear of Our Lord are set forthp. 77
Which describes the two holy ways, the contemplative and the activep. 79
Here is set forth the way the good princess, counseled by God, will decide to followp. 81
Which shows how the good princess wishes to attract virtue to herp. 83
Wherein it is explained how the good and wise princess will attempt to make peace between the prince and his barons if there is any difficulty between themp. 85
Which speaks of the paths of devout charity which are to be followed by a good princessp. 87
Which begins to expound the moral teachings which Worldly Prudence will give the princessp. 90
Wherein is described the lifestyle of the wise princess according to the admonitions of Prudencep. 94
Here begins the discussion of Prudence's six principal teachings which should be observed by every princess who loves and desires honor. The first of these concerns her lord and masterp. 97
Which sets forth Prudence's second teaching: The way in which the princess will conduct herself toward her lord's relativesp. 101
Which sets forth Prudence's third teaching: How a wise princess will carefully arrange the upbringing of her childrenp. 102
Which speaks of Prudence's fourth teaching: How the princess will maintain a discreet manner even toward those whom she well knows do not like her and are envious of herp. 104
Which sets forth Prudence's fifth teaching: How the wise princess will try to be in the good graces and the kind thoughts of all her subjectsp. 107
Which prescribes the sixth teaching of Prudence: How the wise princess will organize the women of her courtp. 112
Which sets forth the seventh teaching: How the wise princess will oversee her revenues, and how her finances will be managed, and which speaks of the state of her courtp. 114
Which explains how the gifts and largesse of the wise princess should be distributedp. 115
Which discusses what excuses are suitable for the good princess who for some reason cannot put into practice the precepts set forth in this bookp. 117
Which speaks of the government of a wise princess who is widowedp. 119
Concerning the same, but especially young widowed princessesp. 122
Wherein it speaks of the supervision which should be provided for the newly-married young princessp. 125
Which teaches the manners which the wise lady who has charge of a young princess should observe to keep her mistress in good repute and in her lord's affectionsp. 129
Which tells of the young noble lady who might wish to stray into illicit love, and the teaching which Prudence gives to her governessp. 135
Hereafter follows the letter that the wise lady may send to her mistressp. 139
This first chapter tells how the three Virtues, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, summarize briefly what has been said thus farp. 149
Wherein it speaks of four points, two which are to be observed, the other two to be avoidedp. 150
Which discusses the second point, also good for women to remember, which is that they should avoid certain sorts of acquaintancesp. 155
Which sets forth the third point (the first of the two which are to be avoided), which is to say the envy reigning at court and how it affects women who are living therep. 157
Which speaks further on the same subject, explaining to women of the court how they may harbor the vice of envyp. 158
Which speaks of the fourth point, the second of those to be avoided. It tells how women of the court should be careful to avoid telling falsehoods; whence these falsehoods come; and for what reasonp. 162
Concerning the same, and how women at court should guard against speaking ill of their mistressp. 164
Which tells how unsuitable it is for women at court to talk about each other and to say unkind thingsp. 166
Which speaks of the lady baronesses and the sort of knowledge which may be useful to themp. 168
Which explains how ladies and demoiselles who live on their lands should conduct themselves with respect to their householdsp. 170
Which speaks of those who are extravagant in their dress, headgear, and other ornamentsp. 174
Which speaks against the pride of certain womenp. 176
Which speaks of the manners suitable to women in religious ordersp. 179
The first chapter explains how all that has already been said can apply to some women as well as to others, and it speaks of the kind of management a woman of position should observe in her householdp. 185
How women of property and city women should be suitably dressed, and how they should protect themselves against those who would deceive themp. 189
Wherein it speaks of the wives of merchantsp. 193
Which speaks of widows young and oldp. 197
Which concerns unmarried girlsp. 201
Which discusses how older women should conduct themselves toward younger women and what customs they should observep. 203
How young women should conduct themselves toward their eldersp. 206
Which speaks of artisans' wives and how they should conduct themselvesp. 209
Which speaks to women servants and chambermaidsp. 211
Which speaks of the instruction of women of light moralsp. 214
Which speaks in praise of honest and chaste womenp. 217
Which speaks to the wives of laborersp. 219
Which speaks of the situation of the poorp. 221
Conclusion and end of this present bookp. 224
Glossaryp. 227
Bibliographyp. 261
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ISBN: 9780892551354
ISBN-10: 0892551356
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: Persea Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1