: The Book of the City of Ladies (Penguin Classics) ( ): Christine de Pizan, Rosalind Brown-Grant: Books. The Book of the City of Ladies is a work of prose by Christine de Pizan that was Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and. Christine de Pizan (c) was France’s first professional woman of letters . Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when.

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The purpose of The Book of the City of Ladies is to buil This is an amazing humanist text written in About several ladies who, together, saved their husbands from execution.

Not all of them are as badass as Judith’s story at the top, but most are at least interesting. Feb 24, Aubrey rated it really liked it Recommended to Aubrey by: This text was a biographical treatise on ancient famous women.

Pizan points out examples from Boccaccio and Ovid and the daughters of God bring out other examples that disprove what those guys had written, and then those historical figures they have illustrated to Pizan are then “housed” in the safety of this City they have created.

Christine tells how three ladies appeared to her, and how the first of them spoke to her and comforted her in her distress. De claris mulieribusLatin: Not only is she reasonable, but she also has moral wisdom. About Christine de Pizan. Just because we don’t know about them doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Men needed to read and understand her message as well.

Remember this was written in the 15th century. She would hardly recognize it now if she showed up. About Queen Berenice of Cappadocia. About the noble and holy Nathalia. It’s a feminist work at a time when women were not given a voice, especially not a feminist one. It has taken me a long time to finish this book, not because it wasn’t easy to read the translation is pretty good and easy to followbut because I had to constantly put myself in the position and mind of a th century woman.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Christine de Pizan is one of those people that I wouldn’t mind becoming friends with, even if I didn’t agree with everything she said.

The Book of the City of Ladies

As a final note, I realize that there is also The Treasure of the City of Ladieswhich expands on Pizan’s wonderful little city for intelligent and virtuous women. While I found it a worthwhile experience, I remember thinking that the women were not portrayed in a very kind light all the time in his stories.


I enjoyed her little asides; for instance, in discussing examples of feminine constancy, she notes that she does not condone imprudent excesses of passion but that they prove her point. By the end of the book, I thought, man, I want to join this city of tne stones with these noble, beautiful ladies and have a Virgin Mary empress who is kind and virtuous and celestial.

About Sappho, who was an ve fine poet and philosopher. She helps Christine dispel her own self-consciousness and the negative thoughts of past writers. Read it Forward Read it first.

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She tells Christine to “take the spade of [her] intelligence and dig deep to make a trench all around [the city] … [and Reason will] help to carry away the hods of earth on [her] shoulders. Earl Jeffrey Richards’ acclaimed translation is used nationwid In dialogues with three celestial ladies, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice, Christine de Pizan ca. Other questions that are explored are: She doesn’t just academically complain through proof or experience that woman is a second class citizen.

Christine had a right to be confused, along with the other females in which looked up to her. The text depresses her, but she then has a vision of being visited by Reason, Rectitude, and If, who tell her to build a metaphorical “City” for women, with all the heroic women of the past as its foundations.

A medieval recounting of the history of many noble and illustrious women, and arguments against misogynist writers of her day. This being said, we have more to do and to write. A useful look at the history of women’s rights, but through the eyes of a ruling-class woman noble who wants nothing different systemically, just more respect culturally.

She also judges from her own experience of other women, and uses the clever example, “herself”. Pizan combats Meun’s statements about women by creating an allegorical city of ladies. Lady Reason, a virtue developed by Christine for the purpose of her book, is the first to join Christine and helps her build the external walls of the city. She answers Christine’s questions about why some men slander women, helping Christine to prepare the ground on which the city will be built.


About Queen Blanche, mother of Saint Louis, and other honest and decent ladies who were loved for their virtue. I thoroughly enjoyed Christine de Pizan’s writing and her vigorous defense of female honor against the churlish boors of her day.

About Opis, Queen of Crete.

While he does not say women should have a formal education, he is still advocating for women to have a say in their lives and the right to be well informed about their possible futures.

The second part also includes pro-woman representation and criticism of patriarchal double standards and men’s behaviour against women that is on point and awesomely snarky at times!

Still problematic, but we also boook to bear that in mind. The book is divided into three parts to mark the discussions that de Pizan has with Reason, Rectitude and Justice. Her greatest literary work is the City of Ladies in which she describes a female utopia, an allegorical society built by ladies for ladies. Christine tells how the second lady gave her name, explained what her role was, and revealed how she would help Christine to lay out the citt of the City of Ladies.

The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan

She also advocates in favor of education for chrlstine. More about Queen Fredegunde. Part III Here begins the third part of the Book of the City of Ladieswhich explains how and by whom the high turrets of the towers were finished off, and which noble ladies were chosen to dwell in the great palaces and lofty keeps.

At the age lsdies 13 she entered the Dominican convent at Prato, becoming prioress from …. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. Christine de Pizan had quite an obstacle to overcome in her defense of women. Christine explains how Reason instructed her and helped her to begin digging up the ground in order to lay the foundations.