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THE CIVILIZATION OF THE RENAISSANCE IN ITALY

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« Reply #285 on: January 04, 2009, 10:39:52 pm »



             








By 1405, Christine de Pizan had completed her most successful literary works, 'The Book of the City
of Ladies' and 'The Treasure of the City of Ladies', or 'The Book of the Three Virtues'.

The first of these shows the importance of womenís past contributions to society, and the second strives to teach women of all estates how to cultivate useful qualities in order to counteract the
growth of misogyny
(Willard 1984:135).

De Pizanís final work was a poem eulogizing Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who took a very public role
in organizing French military resistance to English domination in the early fifteenth century. Written in 1429, The Tale of Joan of Arc celebrates the appearance of a woman military leader who, according to de Pizan, vindicated and rewarded all womenís efforts to defend their own sex.
(Willard 1984:205)

After completing this particular poem, it seems that de Pizan, at the age of sixty-five, decided to end her literary career (Willard 1984:207). The exact date of her death is unknown. However, her death did not diminish appreciation for her renowned literary works. Instead, her legacy continued on because of the voice she established as an authoritative rhetorician.
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