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The Book of the City of Ladies and Other Writings

The Book of the City of Ladies and Other Writings

Christine de Pizan
Edited, with an Introduction, by Rebecca Kingston and Sophie Bourgault; Translated by Ineke Hardy

September 2018 - 328 pp.

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Cloth 978-1-62466-730-5
$48.00
Paper 978-1-62466-729-9
$16.00
Examination 978-1-62466-729-9
$3.00

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"Fresh, accurate, and engaging, this new translation of the Book of the City of Ladies helps us to understand what made Christine de Pizan so popular with her fifteenth-century contemporaries. The editors provide a rich historical and philosophical context that will be very useful to both students and scholars of the history of political ideas. The translations themselves gracefully navigate the fine line between accuracy and readability with considerable charm. Rounding out this portrait of the turmoil of fifteenth-century France, the volume is enriched by excerpts from other works, Christine's Vision, the Book of the Body Politic, and the Lamentation on France's Ills." Kate Forhan, Emeritus, Siena College


"I am thrilled with the quality of this volume. Translator Hardy has created a splendid modern translation of Christine’s difficult French, and editors Bourgault and Kingston offer readers an outstandingly comprehensive and helpful introduction. The notes and other critical apparatus have also been judiciously crafted. . . . I can’t think of any other single edition of Christine’s work that offers readers such a concise point of entry to women’s history, late-medieval political thought, and for that matter the turmoil, both economic and political, in fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century France." —Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Boston College

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"Fresh, accurate, and engaging, this new translation of the Book of the City of Ladies helps us to understand what made Christine de Pizan so popular with her fifteenth-century contemporaries. The editors provide a rich historical and philosophical context that will be very useful to both students and scholars of the history of political ideas. The translations themselves gracefully navigate the fine line between accuracy and readability with considerable charm. Rounding out this portrait of the turmoil of fifteenth-century France, the volume is enriched by excerpts from other works, Christine's Vision, the Book of the Body Politic, and the Lamentation on France’s Ills."
     —Kate Forhan, Emeritus, Siena College

"I am thrilled with the quality of this volume. Translator Hardy has created a splendid modern translation of Christine’s difficult French, and editors Bourgault and Kingston offer readers an outstandingly comprehensive and helpful introduction. The notes and other critical apparatus have also been judiciously crafted.
     "I can’t think of any other single edition of Christine’s work that offers readers such a concise point of entry to women’s history, late-medieval political thought, and for that matter the turmoil, both economic and political, in fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century France."
     —Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Boston College

 

CONTENTS:

  • Introduction
  • A Note on Translating the Book of the City of Ladies
  • Christine de Pizan: Her works, Her Times
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • From Christine's Vision (1405)
  • The Book of the City of Ladies (1404–1405)
  • From The Book of the Body Politic (1404–1407)
  • From Lamentation on France's Ills (1410)
  • Index

 

About the Authors:

Rebecca Kingston is Professor of Political Science, The University of Toronto.

Sophie Bourgault is Associate Professor of Political Studies, The University of Ottawa.

Ineke Hardy is a professional translator of French, German, Dutch, and English.