The First Clue

Susan Groag Bell

in The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520234109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928787 | DOI:
The First Clue

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This chapter discusses evidence that Christine de Pizan's ideas remained current more than a hundred years after her death, enmeshed in a complex cultural and political world. It also addresses the specific issues surrounding the set of tapestries housed in the Lady Elizabeth's garderobe, a number of broader historical areas would have to be investigated. These included the history of tapestry, the subject of Renaissance art patronage, and the biographical details of Queen Elizabeth's life, especially those concerning her childhood, and to consult some of the manuscripts and printed books contained in the royal libraries in England, including copies of de Pizan's works, to determine whether the young princess was familiar with the Book of the City of Ladies or with its author.

Keywords: Christine de Pizan; Lady Elizabeth; garderobe; history; tapestry; Renaissance; art; Queen Elizabeth; England; Book of the City of Ladies

Chapter.  2869 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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