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Christine de Pisan

Subject: Literature

(c.1364–c.1431) French poet and scholar, born in Venice, and considered to be the first woman of letters in France. Author of courtly ballades and rondeaux, she is best known for ...

Christine DE PISAN

Christine DE PISAN (c.1364–c.1431)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
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120 words

... DE PISAN ( c. 1364– c. 1431 ) French poet and scholar, born in Venice. She is best known for her feminist works, including the Epistre au dieu d'amours ( 1399 : Epistle to the God of Love ), an eloquent denunciation of the anti‐feminist attitudes of Jean de Meun ( see Roman de la Rose ), La Cité des dames ( 1404–5 : The City of Ladies ), in which she constructs an ideal city peopled by the great women of history and legend, and Le Livre des trois vertus ( 1405 : The Book of the Three Virtues ), which explores women's duties. A number of...

Christine de Pisan

Christine de Pisan (1365–after 1429)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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Current Version:
2005

...her interest in ancient stories is characteristic of the older ‘medieval humanism ’. Roy, Maurice (1986–96) (ed.), Oeuvres poétiques de Christine de Pizan , 3 vols. (Paris); Curnow, Maureen (1975) (ed.), The Livre de la cité des dames of Christine de Pisan (Nashville, Tenn.); Richards, Earl Jeffrey (1983) (trans.), Christine de Pizan The Book of the City of Ladies (London); Willard Charity C. (1984), Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works (New...

Christine De Pisan

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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155 words

... De Pisan ( c. 1364– c. 1431 ) French poet and scholar , born in Venice, and considered to be the first woman of letters in France. Author of courtly ballades and rondeaux, she is best known for her feminist works, including the Epistre au dieu d'amours ( 1399 : Epistle to the God of Love ), an eloquent denunciation of the anti‐feminist attitudes of Jean de Meun ( see Roman de la Rose ), La Cité des dames ( 1404–5 : The City of Ladies ), in which she constructs an ideal city peopled by the great women of history and legend, and Le Livre...

Christine de Pisan

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
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Quotations
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43 words

...Christine Christine de Pisan 1364 – c. 1430 Italian writer , resident in France from 1369 Where true love is, it showeth; it will not feign. ‘The Epistle of Othea to Hector’ true love is, it showeth true love is, it showeth it will not ...

Christine de Pizan (Pisan)

Christine de Pizan (Pisan) (1364–1430)   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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474 words

... de Pizan (Pisan) ( 1364–1430 ) Formerly disregarded and even reviled as a bluestocking, she is now the most widely studied medieval French author , partly for her contribution to the prehistory of feminism, and as a thinker and public intellectual. Born in *Italy , Christine was the daughter of Thomas de Pizan , astronomer and physician at the court of *Charles V of *France . Her happy marriage to Estienne du Castel ended tragically with his premature death; financially embarrassed, she began writing c .1393 in order to support her...

Pisan, Christine de

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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7 words
de Pisan, Christine

de Pisan, Christine   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
70 words
Christine de Pisan

Christine de Pisan  

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Literature
(c.1364–c.1431)French poet and scholar, born in Venice, and considered to be the first woman of letters in France. Author of courtly ballades and rondeaux, she is best known for ...
22 The History of the Book in France

22 The History of the Book in France   Reference library

Vincent Giroud

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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10,215 words
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...9 th -century Chanson de Roland , which began to be written down in the early 11 th century. Of the five verse novels of Chrétien de Troyes ( fl . 1170–85 ), the most important writer of his age, there are no MSS before 1200 . As early as the 13 th century, the most widely disseminated French work was the allegorical, didactic Roman de la Rose (first part c .1230 , second part c .1270 ): about 250 complete copies are preserved. Troubadour poems started being collected only during the 14 th century. By then, Christine de Pisan, the first real woman of...

Xantippa

Xantippa  

The second wife of Socrates, widely thought in the Middle Ages to have been shrewish. One of the stories Jankyn (4) reads to the Wife of Bath describes how she ...
Matheolus

Matheolus  

A cleric from Boulogne wrote in Latin his Lamentationes towards the end of the 13th c. A fiercely anti-feminist work, it was later translated into French (and answered) by Jean ...
Military Manuals

Military Manuals  

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Some classical Greek and Roman military writings were known to medieval Europeans, as were Byzantine works advising on the training and deployment of armies on campaigns, the logistics of supply ...
Women Writers in France

Women Writers in France  

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Literature
All too often women's writing is described trans‐historically, as though the conditions surrounding its production had been identical for all writers and at all periods. On the contrary, both the ...
Assembly of Ladies

Assembly of Ladies  

A dream vision (written c.1475?) of 756 lines in rhyme royal (see versification). Its appearance in Thynne's edition of Chaucer (1532) is the only reason for its attribution to Chaucer ...
La Querelle des Femmes

La Querelle des Femmes  

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Literature
In its narrow sense, this term refers to a genre of writing in Latin and French in which the superiority of one or the other sex is proposed. The earliest ...
Words and Music

Words and Music  

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Literature
1 [see also Popular Song]1. MedievalUntil the late 14th c. the performance of much medieval poetry (including narrative poetry) involved music. The exact proportion is difficult to gauge ...
John of Montreuil

John of Montreuil  

(1354–1418)John of Montreuil (Jean Charlin, in Latin Johannes de Monsterio Sicco, de Monsterolio), French Humanist, was born at Monthureux-le-Sec (Vosges) in 1354 and died at Paris in 1418. ...
dit

dit  

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A type of poem that began to appear in the late 13th c. and remained popular into the 15th. It was not a strictly defined genre. Poems identified as dits ...
military arts

military arts  

It is a myth that military science was not studied or practised in the MA. Merely recounting the intricate manoeuvres directed by William I ‘the Conqueror’ on the battlefield of ...
Jean de Meun

Jean de Meun  

(d. 1305).Best known as continuator of the Roman de la Rose (c. 1270–8), Jean de Meun was also an important translator. Still surviving are his renditions of the De ...

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