Christine de Pizan and the Book of the City of Ladies

Fifteenth-century illustration from the Book of the City of Ladies, in which Christine and the Three Virtues build the city Public domain

Christine de Pizan is often described as a late-Medieval writer. But just “writer” does not really sum up everything she did. She wrote verse, military manuals, and treatises on war, peace and the just governance of a nation. She was the official biographer of King Charles V of France and wrote the only popular piece in praise of Joan of Arc that was penned during her lifetime.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: women, medieval history, Hundred Years War, biographies, poets, writers, 14th Century, 15th Century, European history, France