Christine de Pizan

About Christine de Pizan

Who is it?: Poet & Author
Birth Day: September 11, 1364
Birth Place: Republic of Venice, French
Occupation: Writer
Spouse(s): Etienne du Castel
Children: Daughter Jean du Castel
Parent(s): Tommaso di Benvenuto da Pizzano

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan was born on September 11, 1364 in Republic of Venice, French, is Poet & Author. Christine de Pizan was a French writer of medieval era known for her pioneering works about feminist literature. She was also the first women in Europe to actually make a living through writing. Born to Tommaso di Benvenuto da Pizzano, she spent the early years of her life at the court of King Charles V where her father served as an astrologer and physician. The exposure to an extensive library at the court of King Charles V opened gateway for new learning for the little de Pizan. She soon immersed herself in reading and by early teens acquired knowledge about a range of topics, from classics to languages and humanism of early Renaissance. Though de Pizan was passionate about writing, it wasn’t until her husband’s death that she took to it professionally. In her career spanning three decades, she penned 41 works, of which a large amount included vernacular works in both prose and verse. Her works include political treatises, mirrors for princes, epistles, and poetry. She also penned books containing practical advice for women. She often argued against the traditional roles of women and urged for equality between the sexes. Christine de Pizan is today looked upon as one of the early feminists, who through her works, laid the fact that women can play an important role in the society.
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As per our current Database, Christine de Pizan has been died on c. 1430 (aged 65–66).

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Born September 11, 1364 (Republic of Venice, French)
Birthday September 11
Town/City Republic of Venice, French
Nationality French

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In The Book of the City of Ladies Pizan created a symbolic city in which women are appreciated and defended. She constructed three allegorical figures – Reason, Justice, and Rectitude – in the Common pattern of literature in that era, when many books and poetry utilized stock allegorical figures to express ideas or emotions. She enters into a dialogue, a movement between question and answer, with these allegorical figures that is from a completely female perspective. Together, they create a forum to speak on issues of Consequence to all women. Only female voices, examples and opinions provide evidence within this text. Through Lady Reason in particular Pizan argues that stereotypes of women can be sustained only if women are prevented from entering into the conversation.


While Pizan’s mixture of classical philosophy and humanistic ideals was in line with the style of other popular authors at the time her outspoken defence of women was an Anomaly. In her works she vindicated women against popular misogynist texts, such as Ovid’s Art of Love, Jean de Meun’s Romance of the Rose and Matheolus’s Lamentations. Her activism has drawn the fascination of modern feminists. Simone de Beauvoir wrote in 1949 that Épître au Dieu d'Amour was "the first time we see a woman take up her pen in defence of her sex".

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