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The Book of the Body Politic (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) [Paperback]

Christine de Pizan , Kate Langdon Forhan

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15 Sep 1994 Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Christine de Pizan was born in Venice and raised in Paris at the court of Charles V of France. Widowed at the age of twenty-five, she turned to writing as a source of comfort and income, and went on to produce a remarkable series of books, including poetry, politics, chivalry, warfare, religion and philosophy. She is considered to be France's first female professional writer. This was the first translation into modern English of Christine de Pizan's major political work, The Book of the Body Politic. Written during the Hundred Years' War, it discusses the education and behaviour appropriate for princes, nobility and common people, so that all classes can understand their responsibilities towards society as a whole. A product of a time of civil unrest, The Book of the Body Politic offers a medieval political theory of interdependence and social responsibility from the perspective of an educated woman.

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The first translation into modern English of Christine de Pizan's major political work, The Book of the Body Politic. Written during the Hundred Years' War by France's first female professional writer, it provides a fascinating view of society and politics from the perspective of an educated woman.

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