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Christine de Pisan

(c. 1364—1430) Italian writer

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Assembly of Ladies

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

A dream vision (written c.1475?) of 756 lines in rhyme royal (see versification). Its appearance in Thynne's edition of Chaucer (1532) is the only reason for its attribution to Chaucer ...

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ballade

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Strictly a poem consisting of one or more triplets of seven‐ or (afterwards) eight‐lined stanzas, each ending with the same line as refrain, and usually an envoy addressed to a prince or...

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cento

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Classical Studies.

[sen-toh]

A written composition made up of fragments taken from other writers. This may be a prose composition, but the term is applied most often to poem that is made up of lines...

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Charles V

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(1337–80)

King of France (1364–80). He earned his nickname from his intellectual pursuits which included book-collecting and artistic patronage, his religious piety, and his...

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courtesy Books

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A book that gives advice to aspiring young courtiers in etiquette and other aspects of behaviour expected at royal or noble courts. This kind of work—sometimes written in verse—first became...

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courts

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Traditionally the power base of a prince and the refuge for courtiers, took on what is now judged their characteristic form during the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Stable ...

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dit

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A type of poem that began to appear in the late 13th c. and remained popular into the 15th. It was not a strictly defined genre. Poems identified as dits ...

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exemplum

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

(plural-pla)

A short tale used as an example to illustrate a moral point, usually in a sermon or other didactic work. The form was cultivated in the late Middle Ages, for instance...

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formes fixes

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Fixed patterns of text and tune—strophic with refrain—in courtly and popular French dance-songs (13th–14th centuries), which developed into the principal forms of 14th–15th-century French...

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Italian Influences

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A balance‐sheet of literary exchange over some seven centuries would doubtless show that Italy's debt to France began earlier, and was the greater, but between the 14th and the end ...

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