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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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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I read this in the 9th grade (and I know what a walkman is, so you can judge for yourself how long ago that was), so I'm pretty sure that (a) I didn't precisely get the maximum value out of the text ... Read full review

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A fifteenth proto-feminist tretise that women's virtue and capacity for learning is equal to men's, largely told through examples from Christian and Classical history. Anybody who is planning to write ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

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

Sarah Lawson is a renowned translator.

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