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Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works

Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works Charity Cannon Willard

Christine de Pizan was France's first woman of letters. She turned to writing out of economic necessity, but soon found her way to the center of Europe's intellectual life. Christine openly expressed her views on many issues, particularly French politics and the condition of the lives of women. Among her many enduring works are the official biography of King Charles V, the only contemporary account of Joan of Arc, and the classic defense of women, The Book of the City of Ladies. The result of more than forty years of research, this definitive biography vividly recounts Christine's rise from society poet to eminent writer, and discusses her work at length and in relation to her life and times. 

Praise for the Book: 
"The long-awaited biography...by the scholar who has devoted her career to the study of this 14th-century author....affords pleasure and profit." —Joan M. Ferrante, New York Times Book Review

"A valuable contribution to women's history." -—Ms

"A highly informative, interesting picture of a medieval scholar and author, who just also happens to be a woman of great talent." -Regina Minudri, San Francisco Chronicle.

About the Author: 
Charity Cannon Willard, a noted scholar of medieval French literature, is internationally recognized as the foremost authority on Christine de Pizan. She is the translator of Christine de Pizan's A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor: The Treasury of the City of Ladies and the editor of Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan (1991). 

Original Trade Paperback / $14.95 (Can $21.00) / 978-0-892-55152-1 / 266 pages / Nonfiction

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