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A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor: The Treasury of the City of Ladies

A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor: The Treasury of the City of Ladies Christine De Pizan

This fifteenth-century instruction book—the first written by a woman for women—offers a firsthand glimpse into how medieval women actually lived.  Conceived as a companion to her history of women, The Book of the City of Ladies, Christine de Pizan wrote A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor to offer practical advice on how to live an honorable, "noble" life and thus to qualify for entry into her allegorical, utopian City.  

Just as Christine de Pizan intended in 1405 when this book was written, A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor charms and entertains as it enlightens.  For the modern reader, it provides a unique view into the medieval world, the history of women, and the social as well as intellectual history of the period.  

Translated, with an introduction by Charity Cannon Willard, who is widely acknowledged as the foremost scholar of Christine de Pizan.  She is the author of Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works and the editor of Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan.

Edited, with an introduction by Madeleine Pelner Cosman, Director of the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at City College, City University of New York and the author of many books on medieval culture, medicine, and law.   

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