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Christine de Pizan (1365–c.1430)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-C049-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Christine de Pizan, France’s ‘first woman of letters’, is primarily remembered as a courtly poet and a propagandist for women. Her extensive writings were influenced by the early humanists, reflecting an interest in education (particularly for women and young people) and in government. Following Aquinas, Christine defined wisdom as the highest intellectual virtue and tried to apply the concept of the just war to contemporary problems. Her works are also noteworthy for their contribution to the transmission of Italian literature to Parisian intellectual circles.

Citing this article:
Willard, Charity Cannon. Christine de Pizan (1365–c.1430), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-C049-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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