336. We Built This City: Christine de Pizan

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Christine de Pizan's political philosophy, epistemology, and the refutation of misogyny in her "City of Ladies".



Further Reading

• C. Cannon Willard, The Writings of Christine de Pizan (New York: 1994).

• K. Langdon Forhan, Christine de Pizan: Book of the Body Politic (Cambridge: 1994).

• K. Green, C.J. Mews and J. Pinder, The Book of Peace by Christine de Pizan (University Park, PA: 2008).

• G. McLeod (trans.), Christine de Pizan: Christine’s Vision (New York: 1993).

• E.J. Richards (trans.), Christine de Pizan: the Book of the City of Ladies (New York: 1998). [Or there is a translation by R. Brown-Grant from Penguin]


• B.K. Altmann and D.L. McGrady (eds), Christine de Pizan: a Casebook (New York: 2003).

• R. Brown-Grant, Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women: Reading Beyond Gender (Cambridge: 1999).

• C. Cannon Willard, Christine de Pizan: her Life and Works (New York: 1984).

• K. Langdon Forhan, The Political Theory of Christine de Pizan (Aldershot: 2002).

• N. Margolis, An Introduction to Christine de Pizan (Gainesville: 2011).

• M. Zimmermann and D. De Rentiis (eds), The City of Scholars: New Approaches to Christine de Pizan (Berlin: 1994).


Xaratustrah on 21 November 2019

Intellectual women

very nice episode indeed. You mentioned Christine de Pizan having said back in 1410 CE or so that women can reach the same intellectual level if they could go to school, can you provide the exact citation and or reference?


In reply to by Xaratustrah

Peter Adamson on 21 November 2019

Christine de Pizan reference

That is at City of Ladies §1.27.1, in the translation included in the further reading above. Glad you liked the episode!

Pat Daley on 1 December 2019

BBC Drama

A few years ago, there was a drama series on the Book of the City of Ladies which I thought was quite amusing.  It motivated me to buy the Penguin book.  Unfortunately, the series is not currently available.


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