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By Sonya Stephens

ISBN-10: 0511554028

ISBN-13: 9780511554025

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This quantity is the 1st old creation to women's writing in France from the 6th century to the current day. specifically commissioned essays via prime students give you the first advent in English to the wealth and variety of French girls writers, supplying new readings and new views. each one bankruptcy specializes in a given interval and diversity of writers, taking account of triumphing sexual ideologies and the social, political, fiscal and cultural atmosphere. large reference good points comprise a bibliography and advisor to a couple of hundred and fifty writers and their works.

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Of all the writers in this chapter, Christine was the only one to state such ambitious plans for the publication of her work and was the first to target such a widespread female public. She supervised the copying of her manuscripts and worked closely with the artists who illuminated them. To judge from the twenty-one extant French manuscripts of the Livre des Trois Vertus, and the twenty-five manuscripts of the Cité des dames (as well as early printed editions of both these works), to say nothing of the translation of the Trois Vertus into Portuguese and of the Cité into English, Christine appears to have achieved her goal.

21 Aside from those songs where ‘je’ is female, Northern French chansonniers and courtly narratives have preserved an intriguing group of poems where a narrator (sometimes identified as male, sometimes anonymous) overhears and recounts the words of women. 22 Five of these songs have been attributed to a male author, Audefroi le Batard; seven songs are known only from their inclusion in male-authored narratives; a single manuscript, the chansonnier of Saint Germain des Prés, contains the anonymous songs.

These were commissioned by, or dedicated to, numerous royal and ducal patrons, including Charles VI, his wife Queen Isabeau de Bavière, Philip of Burgundy and Jean, Duke of Berry. Her work included allegorical dream visions, such as the Chemin de Long Estude [The Long Road of Learning] (), the Livre de la mutacion de fortune [The Mutation of Fortune] (–), and the L’Avision Christine [Christine’s Vision] (), a spiritual autobiography; a biography of the late Charles V, Le Livre des faits et bonnes moeurs du roi Charles V le Sage (); treatises advocating good government such as the Livre du corps de policie [The Body of Policy] (–) and the Livre de la paix [Book of Peace] (–); an epistle to Queen Isabeau imploring her to intervene in the internecine struggles to preserve the peace (); and even a treatise on warfare, Le Livre des fais d’armes et de chevalerie [The Book of Feats of Arms and Chivalry] (ca ).

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