Christine De Pizan

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Christine De Pizan

In 1389, Christines husband died, leaving her to care for their three children. To support them, she began writting ballads and prose for French nobility; making her one of the first women since ancient times to make a living writing. After, she began writng books defending women; many consider her the first feminist for this, and her arguments became popular in the 20th century to support the Women's right's movement.

1380s

1368

When she was 15, she married Etienne de Castel, a man in the French Court, and had three children- Marie, Jean, and another who died later in childhood- with him over a span of 1o years.

1364

Christine thought that "...despite Aristotle's ability to do metaphysics and logic, he did not have the strength of mind to deal rationally with issues of gender." (Found on "Wanted; Female Philosophers in the Classroom")

1390s

1418

She joined a Dominican Convent at Poissy in 1418, and stayed dormant for many years until she wrote "Le Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc", in 1429, a ballad celebrating Joan of Arc. She died a year later, causes of which are unknown.

"If it were the custom to send little girls to school and teach them all sorts ofdiferent subjects there, as one does with little boys, they would grasp and learnthe difficulties of al the arts and sciences just as easily as the boys."~Christine de Pizan ("Feminism")

Jordan WilsonMr. Kelly3A Honors World Geography1 October 2014

Some of her most famous works include: "Letter to the God of Loves" ; "The City of Ladies" ; "the Book of the Three Virtures" ; The Biography of Charles V, "Christines vision"(her autobiography)

Christine de Pizan

Around 1368, when Christine was 3, her father became the court astrologist and medical examiner of Chalres V. The family moved to Paris, France for the job. Because of this, Christine was given a classical education, including subjects like classical languages, lituarture, mythology, history, and biblical themes.

Born in Venice, Italy in 1364 to Thomas de Pizan, an astrologist, doctor and alchemist.

She joined a Dominican Convent at Poissy in 1418, and stayed dormant for many years until she wrote "Le Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc", in 1429, a ballad celebrating Joan of Arc. She died a year later, causes of which are unknown.


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