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Christine de Pizan

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234109.003.0002
Christine de Pizan

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As a figure of the early Renaissance, Christine de Pizan was unparalleled. She was not only a female author but a lay woman who, as a widowed mother of three, supported herself and her family with her pen. She moved in the circles of the French court, yet her intellectual life lay in the world of scholars. Over the years she produced some thirty separate books, essays, and volumes of poetry and counted among her patrons some of the most renowned figures of the fifteenth century. The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were a turbulent time of the Hundred Years' War, peasant revolts, the ravages of the Black Death all took their place beside festive tournaments, ballads of courtly love, and the slowly decaying traditions of chivalry. Christine de Pizan was a part of this world, swept up by the latest ideas in art and poetry and yet deeply attached to her faith in Christianity.

Keywords: Renaissance; Christine de Pizan; poetry; Hundred Years' War; Black Death; Christianity

Chapter.  8907 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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