The Book of the City of Ladies

Author: Christine Pizan
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141907584
Format: PDF, ePub
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Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430) was France's first professional woman of letters. Her pioneering Book of the City of Ladies begins when, feeling frustrated and miserable after reading a male writer's tirade against women, Christine has a dreamlike vision where three virtues - Reason, Rectitude and Justice - appear to correct this view. They instruct her to build an allegorical city in which womankind can be defended against slander, its walls and towers constructed from examples of female achievement both from her own day and the past: ranging from warriors, inventors and scholars to prophetesses, artists and saints. Christine de Pizan's spirited defence of her sex was unique for its direct confrontation of the misogyny of her day, and offers a telling insight into the position of women in medieval culture. THE CITY OF LADIES provides positive images of women, ranging from warriors and inventors, scholars to prophetesses, and artists to saints. The book also offers a fascinating insight into the debates and controversies about the position of women in medieval culture.

The Treasure of the City of Ladies

Author: Christine de Pizan
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140449507
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

The Book of Margery Kempe

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Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191510157
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'Alas that I ever did sin! It is so merry in Heaven!' The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1436-8) is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife, mother, and mystic. Known as the earliest autobiography written in the English language, Kempe's Book describes the dramatic transformation of its heroine from failed businesswoman and lustful young wife to devout and chaste pilgrim. She vividly describes her prayers and visions, as well as the temptations in daily life to which she succumbed before dedicating herself to her spiritual calling. She travelled to the most holy sites of the medieval world, including Rome and Jerusalem. In her life and her boisterous devotion, Kempe antagonized many of those around her; yet she also garnered friends and supporters who helped to record her experiences. Her Book opens a window on to the medieval world, and provides a fascinating portrait of one woman's life, aspirations, and prayers. This new translation preserves the forceful narrative voice of Kempe's Book and includes a wide-ranging introduction and useful notes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality

Author: Elizabeth Spearing
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140439250
Format: PDF
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A wide-ranging collection of writings by and about religious women presenting some of the most original and compelling literature of the middle ages.Highlights of this edition include Marguerite Porete's allegorical poem 'The Mirror of Simple Souls', a dialogue between Love and Soul that was condemned as heretical; an account by a male ecclesiastic of Christine the Astonishing, who was resurrected at her own funeral; and the revelations received by Bridget of Sweden, the first woman to found a religious order.

A Medieval Woman s Mirror of Honor

Author: Christine (de Pisan)
Publisher: Persea Books
ISBN: 9780892551354
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A fifteenth-century instruction book for women provides an inside look at life in medieval France and discusses the role of women on each economic level

Medieval Women Writers

Author: Katharina M. Wilson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719010682
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is one of the first anthologies devoted to the writings of women in the Middle Ages. The fifteen women whose works are represented span seven centuries, eight languages, and ten regions or nationalities. Many are recognized, taught, and anthologized in their own countries but have been inaccessible to students in English. Others are little read today because their literary fortunes have paralleled fluctuations in literary taste and literary patronage. Katharina M. Wilson's introduction to the volume places these writers in historical context and explores the question of the female imagination and who these women were who were writing at a time when very few women were literate and most literature, sacred and secular, was penned by men. Each of the fifteen chapters has been written by a different scholar and includes a biographical and critical introduction to the writer, a representative selection of her works in translation, and a bibliography.

Christine de Pizan

Author: Charity Cannon Willard
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780892551521
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Readers will learn a great deal about Paris during the most tumultuous days of the Hundred Years' War, about the culture of Renaissance France, and most of all about this unusual and heroic woman." Virginia Quarterly"

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Author: Peter Abelard
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141915951
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs. Through their letters, we follow the path of their romance from its reckless and ecstatic beginnings when Heloise became Abelard's pupil, through the suffering of public scandal and enforced secret marriage, to their eventual separation.

The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

Author: Christine (de Pisan)
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393970104
Format: PDF, ePub
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Contains selections from eighteen major works by Christine de Pizan, Europe's first professional woman writer, presented in contemporary translation with annotations, and includes an introduction, and seven critical analyses.

The Heptameron

Author: Marguerite De Navarre
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141911158
Format: PDF
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In the early 1500s five men and five women find themselves trapped by floods and compelled to take refuge in an abbey high in the Pyrenees. When told they must wait days for a bridge to be repaired, they are inspired - by recalling Boccaccio's Decameron - to pass the time in a cultured manner by each telling a story every day. The stories, however, soon degenerate into a verbal battle between the sexes, as the characters weave tales of corrupt friars, adulterous noblemen and deceitful wives. From the cynical Saffredent to the young idealist Dagoucin or the moderate Parlamente - believed to express De Navarre's own views - The Heptameron provides a fascinating insight into the minds and passions of the nobility of sixteenth century France.