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Christine De Pisan


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Christine De Pisan

  1. 1. Christine de Pisan (1364-1430) By ML, LB, and MF
  2. 2. General <ul><li>Born in Venice, Italy </li></ul><ul><li>Father was promoted to King Charles V of France’s physician, making them move to Paris, France at age five </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up in the King’s court </li></ul><ul><li>Closer to father than mother </li></ul>
  3. 3. More General <ul><li>Got a good education </li></ul><ul><li>For safety during the Hundred Years’ War (a series of wars between France and England, entered a nunnery in 1418, yet continued to write </li></ul>
  4. 4. Education <ul><li>High ranked family=good education </li></ul><ul><li>Got an education similar to that of a boy’s which was very unusual </li></ul><ul><li>Took Latin, philosophy, literature, and the sciences known to the Medieval world </li></ul><ul><li>Well read, interested in the writings of scholars and clerics of her own time ( cleric : a priest or minister of the Christian church) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Family and Relations <ul><li>1) Tomasso de Pizzano (her father) </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to Venice in 1357, Christine was born in 1364 </li></ul><ul><li>Job: the astrologer and medical advisor to King King Charles V </li></ul><ul><li>2) Etienne du Castel (her husband) </li></ul><ul><li>1380 Married Christine when she was fifteen years old </li></ul><ul><li>Had a happy marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate of the University of Paris=well educated </li></ul><ul><li>Job: royal secretary </li></ul><ul><li>Died in 1390, </li></ul><ul><li>3) Her children: Marie (girl), Jean (boy), third child died during childhood=name unknown </li></ul>
  6. 6. Writing
  7. 7. Writing: Topics <ul><li>Mainly, she wrote about women’s rights </li></ul><ul><li>She especially liked writing to defend women against what men said about them </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Book of the City of Ladies <ul><li>The Book of the City of Ladies- This book spoke out for the political and social virtues for women, the right for a woman to receive an education, and defended women against the accusations that females are vain </li></ul>
  9. 9. More Books <ul><li>The Book of Three Virtues - Gave advice to women on how to behave so they would receive respect in medieval society. Military strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Love poems mourning her husband’s death- she really loved her husband </li></ul><ul><li>Tributes to other women (Joan of Arc) </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiography </li></ul><ul><li>The official biography of Charles V </li></ul>
  10. 10. Patronage
  11. 11. Patronage <ul><li>At that time, writers and other artists were dependant on wealthy patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Patronage : A writer would dedicate his or her work to a patron and receive a gift of money in return </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of Christine’s patrons are: the dukes of Burgundy and Orleans </li></ul><ul><li>She wrote the kinds of books she knew would please rich people at the French court- History, Poetry, and Biography </li></ul>
  12. 12. Christine’s Significance (Why are we learning about her?)
  13. 13. Significance <ul><li>Became one of the earliest women to support herself through writing </li></ul><ul><li>Endured the deaths of her husband, father, and third child </li></ul><ul><li>Survived part of the Hundred Years’ War </li></ul>
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  15. 15. Questions?
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