'If she wants to win, she must adopt a man's heart (in other words, constant, strong and wise) to consider and to pursue the best course of action'
Written by Europe's first professional woman writer, The Treasure of the City of Ladies offers advice and guidance to women of all ages and from all levels of medieval society, from royal courtiers to prostitutes. It paints an intricate picture of daily life in the courts and streets of fifteenth-century France and gives a fascinating glimpse into the practical considerations of running a household, dressing appropriately and maintaining a reputation in all circumstances. Christine de Pizan's book provides a valuable counterbalance to male accounts of life in the middle ages and demonstrates, often with dry humour, how a woman's position in society could be made less precarious by following the correct etiquette.
This revised edition of Sarah Lawson's landmark translation contains an introduction covering the life and work of Christine de Pizan and an overview of the recent scholarly reappraisal of her writing. Also included are new explanatory notes on the text, a bibliography and a glossary of names.
- Revised edition of a landmark translation
- Introduction and bibliography have been updated
- Includes a new note on translation and recent scholarship, explanatory notes, and a glossary of names
Christine de Pizan, the only 13th century woman-writer, is re-discovered once again in this new, modern edition of one of her most important works. Instructive and humorous this is a book written for every woman in the medieval world, helping them to prosper in society. As well as being unique and having an important historical significance, this is a relatively easy read, considering the time it was written. This translation by Sarah Lawson also contains an interesting introduction that combines the editor's through research with a fresh appreciation of this Italian-born literary heroine. Whether writing about prostitutes, chambermaids, baronesses, the wives of labourers and merchants or widows, Pizan offered a valuable practical social advice, addressing also an important and lasting issue of how can one make the most of their own circumstances. Rich with insights into the medieval life in France and spirit-lifting, this slim and delightful publication is a real treat. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1