The Treasure of the City of Ladies: Or the Book of the Three Virtues

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 30, 2003 - Fiction - 198 pages
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Advice and guidance for women of all ages, from Europe's first professional woman writer

Written by Europe's first professional woman writer, The Treasure of the City of Ladies offers advice and guidance to women of all ages and from all levels of medieval society, from royal courtiers to prostitutes. It paints an intricate picture of daily life in the courts and streets of fifteenth-century France and gives a fascinating glimpse into the practical considerations of running a household, dressing appropriately and maintaining a reputation in all circumstances. Christine de Pizan's book provides a valuable counterbalance to male accounts of life in the middle ages and demonstrates, often with dry humour, how a woman's position in society could be made less precarious by following the correct etiquette.

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Christine de Pisan was an accomplished author who wrote a number of works on subjects including warfare and politics. The Book of the City of the Ladies largely explored the subject of women’s roles ... Read full review

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Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430) was Europe's first professional female writer.

Sarah Lawson is a renowned translator.

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