In addition to Christine de Pizan
, the authors examined include Anne de France, Laura Cereta, Marguerite de Navarre and the Dames de la Roche.
That said, one has to ask whether the reactions and testimony of individuals such as Catherine of Siena, Vincent Ferrer, Pedro of Aragon, Eustace Deschamps, Christine de Pizan
, Jean de Roquetaillade, and so on are that representative of the understanding and reaction of Christian society as a whole.
Her thorough discussion of Rachel Speght is especially interesting when she demonstrates how Speght drew on the earlier work of Christine de Pizan
IN her introduction to a collection of essays on The Reception of Christine de Pizan
from the Fifteenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries: Visitors to the City, Glenda K.
In contrast to those who see the debate over sex differences as just a literary one, she claims that writers such as Christine de Pizan
were aware that humour and satire could help to shape the relationship between men and women and contribute to creating a new world.
Although his title evokes the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan
, a late medieval writer who celebrated extraordinary women from history and literature, Simons concentrates on the mostly inconspicuous and ordinary women who became beguines in the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries.
In the fifteenth century such complementarity was renewed by Christine de Pizan
, Leonardo Bruni, and Laura Cereta, yet full articulation remained centuries away (p.
has invited the reader to agree with Christine de Pizan
, who, she reminds us, wrote at the turn of the 15th century: "There is not the slightest doubt that women belong to the people of God and the human race as much as men and are not another species or dissimilar race" (9).
Christine de Pizan
, in Le Livre de Corps de Policie of 1406, has the prince as head, knights and nobles as hands and arms, and labourers as legs and feet.
Among the topics are his correspondences with Petrarch, his activities in the peace movement and the military, and a comparative analysis of his mystical writings with those of Christine de Pizan
and Jean Gerson.
Subsequent chapters concentrate on the Christianization of Roman ethics and morality in the Ovide moralise (Desmond) and the notion of metamorphosis in the works of Christine de Pizan
Christine de Pizan
was engaged in the act of re-visioning long before Adrienne Rich ever addressed the subject.