de Pizan, Christine - The Book of the City of Ladies
Christine de Pizan. The Book of the City of Ladies.
London: Picador, 1983. Softcover. 281 pages.
Very good. Minor edgewear and soiling to covers.
“That this book has been unknown for so long
is nothing less than a tragedy for women”. - Judy Chicago
Christine was disheartened by what she saw as the misogyny of much court literature, especially the famous French dream vision The Romance of the Rose. She decided to write a work which would treat women in a more positive light. In The City of Ladies, Christine imagines falling asleep and being visited by three personified virtues – Reason, Rectitude and Justice – who arrive and tell her that she has been chosen by God to set the record straight about women. They direct her to build a metaphorical city which will house a group of worthy heroines and protect women against attack.”