Jan 28, 2021
The Treasure of the City of Ladies, or The Book of Three Virtues
Posted by Christine de Pizan Sarah Lawson

Christine de Pisan s writing is a valuable counterbalance to most of the rest of our evidence of medieval life which was written by men She addresses all women, from those at the royal court to prostitutes, painting a vivid picture of their lives in fine detail and often in a dryly amusing way Her tone is moral, but also down to earth A woman s position, as Christine heChristine de Pisan s writing is a valuable counterbalance to most of the rest of our evidence of medieval life which was written by men She addresses all women, from those at the royal court to prostitutes, painting a vivid picture of their lives in fine detail and often in a dryly amusing way Her tone is moral, but also down to earth A woman s position, as Christine herself knew, was hardly secure.

  • Title: The Treasure of the City of Ladies, or The Book of Three Virtues
  • Author: Christine de Pizan Sarah Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780140444537
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Treasure of the City of Ladies or The Book of Three Virtues Christine de Pisan s writing is a valuable counterbalance to most of the rest of our evidence of medieval life which was written by men She addresses all women from those at the royal court to prosti

    Jan-Maat

    IntroductionChristine De Pisan s Treasure of the City of Ladies is a lively compendium of advice on how to live for women of all social classes arranged by social order from the highest to lowest.The conceit of the work is that the three Ladies of Virtue Reason, Rectitude and Justice descend and dictate the work to de Pisan before disappearing leaving her almost exhausted from writing so long, but very happy, looking at the beautiful work of their worthy lessons p180.It is divided into three une [...]


    Chris

    This is the sequel or companion piece to Pisan s City of Ladies This book is about how ladies of various social levels should comport themselves even when their husbands are being jerks It is a strange combination of feminist work and endorsement of the stereotype Pisan does get in some nice zingers about men, not only about how they should also follow this advice, but about why they are warlike than women In many ways, it is an anti Prince.


    Beatrix

    I can appreciate that Pizan was a rare figure, a woman writing in an era when there were so few female writers or even literate women, but as a modern reader I found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of her ideas, especially the chapter on prostitutes here she really reveals her privilege and her obliviousness to the way the world worked outside of the court.


    L

    Considering this is written in 1405, Miss Christine can be quite savvy and forward thinking She often advocates tactics that today can be attributed to modern spin and public relations This is an advice book for women from the first European professional female writer It s an revealing window into the world of mostly upper class women in this time period, and things are not cut and dry One of the strategies most advocated involves striking a happy medium Some of the advice, though not intended i [...]


    Kelsi (YoungWholeEssential)

    Christine de Pizan was the first professional woman writer in Europe and was an Italian that spent most of her time in the French Court This lovely little gem of a book explains how women of all classes are to act in the 1400s I say all with quotations because Christine is mainly focused on wealthy women at court The whole first section is devoted to princesses, and their princess powers as my friend Ben called it The second section is women at Court, and the third is all about the rest of women [...]


    Abby

    How to Win Friends and Influence People For Medieval Ladies Christine de Pisan wants princesses to be virtuous, chaste, and pious but also to realize their power and influence i.e how to get men to do things for you Was it one of the first feminist texts Who can say But it is interesting, even if I find her theology way off base I like it because it reminds me, Hey, women have always known they were people too If we just let women write, we d hear of this opinion.


    Dami

    Read this for my history class The Renaissance


    David Ruiz

    I do like this book for the majority of it, but then dislike it at times because i feel it gets repetitive What i mean by this is that Christine does the same thing over and over, sorta like a rinse and repeat She picks out a stereotype for women to which one of the three ladies who are magical tell her otherwise and show her examples of women who prove opposite I get that its trying to show us readers as well that women can be just as good as men but i felt they could ve done that in many other [...]


    Sarah

    What in this world is pleasant or delectable to those who desire worldly riches than gold and precious stones But yet those riches cannot enhance an ambitious person as much as virtues do, for virtues are nobler, because they endure forever and are the treasures of the soul which is everlasting, while the others pass away like smoke The Treasure of the City of Ladies is Christine de Pizan s sequel follow up to the former and widely known Book of City of Ladies In essence, it serves to supplem [...]


    Lisa

    A female writer before it was popular to be one, de Pizan broke conventions in not only her choice of occupation but also in her themes This and Book of the City of Ladies are masterful pieces of writing that offer a glimpse into a society where women were often prized for their ability to have children than for any intellect they might have When contrasted with works of the time, de Pizan was flattering and had a realistic view of women and their abilities She had much to say about women s r [...]


    Tony

    DePisan, Christine THE TREASURE OF THE CITY OF LADIES 1405 Sra DePisan, a rare woman writer of the time, wrote this work as a companion piece to the then available Book of the Courtier With a subtitle of The Book of the Three Virtues, this treatise tells how a lady should act in most any situation that arises during her social and private lives This is the first translation into English, and was published by Penguin to whom I tip my hat for their continued commitment to lesser known works of lit [...]


    Becky

    This was an amazing primary source from Western Europe s first professional woman author.An alternate title could be Lean In for Princesses Christine wants you to be good, but she also wants you to be smart On the surface, she is a grumpy moralizer, but a close reading shows she believes deeply in women s abilities and intelligence and wants them to succeed in a world that s rigged against them She wants women to protect themselves by being on their best behavior, even if she recognizes these st [...]


    Staci

    This is a decent book although it can feel slightly repetitive at times That may be due to the fact that it has a good dose of religious doctrine in it as the basis for pretty much all the virtues mentioned, which to be frank, is to be expected given that this work was written in the Middle Ages Although it s not really saying anything profound about a woman s role, this book is to be noted because it is a the first or one of the first books about a woman s role in the home and society actually [...]


    Carol

    I read this book for class and have to admit, I hated it by the middle of the book I do not see Pizan as a feminist, though I see why others say she was the first As foe her writing, there wete just too many religious standards and too many rules she had for women Her utopia seems misogynistic to me I also hated her use of the naive narrator.


    Pedro

    A great critic book about gender roles and gender relations in late Medieval times The City of Ladies is an interesting book for you to read basically because of 2 points 1 it was written by a woman about women condition in a time when that was not a common thing 2 it brings out an important discussion, which is still very contemporary, in a very intelligent and skillful way.


    Jenny

    If you would like to know how to lead a good life as a princess, pick up this book It also has advice for the less royal among us, including a fascinating section on how to lead a moral life as a prostitute Hint You have to quit your job Some of it was interesting, but it was not tremendously compelling overall.


    Tamara

    Alas, but my copy is missing, and I haven t finished it Madame De Pizan s advice on how a princess and her ladies should conduct themselves is timeless Everyone should read it,and follow it We d be much happier people if we did.


    Meg F

    An intersting analysis on what it means to be a lady Written in 1405 it speaks volumes to the values that woman are brought up with and still continue to prepetuate in our modern world, some for the better, some to ensure women remain in their place.


    Thetravelingpanda

    Christine de Pizan is the first female author who lived from her writtings in the Middle Ages This book explores her vision of women and how princesses and ladies should behave in different areas It was a very interesting book and helps to understand how medieval women were viewed.


    Bev

    How interesting to learn how ladies lived in the late 1300s and early 1400s This is a translation with extra notation of the book This is an instruction book to ladies from the wealthy and powerful to the most lowly Really interesting


    Robert Muir

    Some insights into what life was like the 1400 s, particularly in regard to proper behaviour, but the advise becomes repetitive for some different situations.


    L. Rigdon

    Quite the calculative woman 0


    Liz

    BookRiot Read Harder Challenge 2015 Task 22 Published before 1850Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015 Task 23 Book than 100 years old


    Corbin

    Christine de Pizan dreamed of Wellesley College, down to the messed up class dynamics, some five hundred years before the school was founded.


    Hildegart

    I ve enjoyed reading books by Christine She was a very forward writer and I find myself chuckling while reading her books but, it does give insight into what life was like back then


    Jingfang Liu

    Not me.


    Sarah

    this book is very interesting it gives the reader a good look into what life was like for medieval women of various social standings.



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