The Book of the City of Ladies

The Book of the
City of Ladies
Overview
Main Characters
Motifs
During the medieval and Renaissance eras, women were considered inferior to men simply because of their biology. The Book of the City of Ladies puts forth the claim that women are equal to men in every regard and are just as subject to the calls of vice and virtue.
Pagans & Christians
The religious sources that criticize women can also be used to defend them.
Gender & Education
Gender doesn't dictate people's capacity to learn well and use their minds.
Proof by Example
Examples of virtuous, noble women can be laid out stone by stone to build a city.
Christine
Builds the city of ladies by recording the deeds of virtuous ladies in the past and present
Lady Rectitude
Second "daughter of God"; helps Christine and measures devotional acts
Lady Reason
First "daughter of God"; sent to help Christine build the city and shows people their true selves
Lady Justice
Third "daughter of God"; helps Christine finish the city towers and doles out justice
Writing as Architecture
Writing about virtuous women builds a righteous city bit by bit.
Roles of Nature & Fortune
Nature connects men and women, and fortune helps or hinders them.
Virtues & Vices
Virtues protect people from tempting vices.
Author
CHRISTINE DE PIZAN
1364-c.1430
Born toward the beginning of the Italian Renaissance, de Pizan was gifted with a solid education despite her mother's objections. Married at the age of 15 and widowed at 25, she became one of the first women to support herself as a writer. Her writing became widely read, and she secured many famous patrons.
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