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Christine de Pizan

Life, Work, Legacy

The first popular biography of a pioneering feminist thinker and writer of medieval Paris.
 
The daughter of a court intellectual, Christine de Pizan dwelled within the cultural heart of late-medieval Paris. In the face of personal tragedy, she learned the tools of the book trade, writing more than forty works that included poetry, historical and political treatises, and defenses of women. In this new biography—the first written for a general audience—Charlotte Cooper-Davis discusses the life and work of this pioneering female thinker and writer. She shows how Christine de Pizan’s inspiration came from the world around her, situates her as an entrepreneur within the context of her times and place, and finally examines her influence on the most avant-garde of feminist artists, through whom she is slowly making a return into mainstream popular culture.

224 pages | 12 color plates, 14 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Medieval Lives

Biography and Letters


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