Concerning Christine de Pizan
Christine de Pizan was born in Venice around 1364 and died in France around 1429.
She moved to Paris at an early age with her family. She wrote in French and is
considered the first French woman writer and publisher as well as one of the
first feminists. After the early death of her husband, a French nobleman, she
supported her children and herself by means of her prolific writingher subjects
being love, politics, and the defense of women. She had patronage within the
royal circl e and she herself closely supervised the artists and scribes who
worked on the production and illumination of her manuscripts. She acted as scribe
on some of her manuscripts and at one time was also thought to be her own
illustrator. Her most famous work is The City of Women. Its illuminations
depicting women building their own city employ architecture as a metaphor for
writing and self-validation. Her last poem, written in 1429, extols Joan of Arc,
who had just achieved victory at Orleans. Christine de Pizan's insistence that
women could be artists, scholars, and heroes reflects her faith in art,
literature, and religion as much as the birth of feminism.