In The Book of the City of Ladies France's first professional woman of letters confronted head-on the misogyny of fourteenth-century Europe. Here, with the help of Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, Christine de Pizan constructs an allegoricaL city in which to defend womankind, using examples of female virtue and achievement both from the past and her own clay as the stones with which to build the city's walls and towers.
This key text in the history of feminism not only provides powerful positive images of women -- ranging from warriors, inventors, and scholars to prophetesses, artists, and saints -- but also offers fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture, which viewed female nature as wholly given up to vice. This Penguin Classics edition also includes a superb Introduction that sets the work within its historical and intellectuaL context, annotations, a Glossary, and a Bibliography.
One of the most respected figures in the courts of medieval Europe, de Pizan was remarkable for being the only professional woman writer of her time. By 1390 she was fatherless and widowed, needing to support 3 children, her mother and a niece: she soon established a major reputation as a poet. Her writings also included a highly acclaimed biography of Charles V and works on public affairs, the art of government, peace and women's roles in society. In The Book of the City of Ladies, she constructed an allegorical city in which reason, rectitude and justice defend womankind from the misogynist view that 'female nature is wholly given up to vice'. A key text in the hisotry of feminism, it provides many powerful images of women - from warriors, inventors and scholars to artists, prophets and saints - as well as being a fascinating insight into medieval culture. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 14.5 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1