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Christine de Pizan

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2: if Christine De Pizan was born in 1363 in Venice, Italy. She was the daughter of Thomas Pezano, a well-known scholar and astrologer. When Christine was about five years old, Thomas Pezano was appointed as court astrologer to King Charles V of France.

4: So her family moved from Italy to France. Like most families from wealthier backgrounds, Christine was given an education that went beyond the usual domestic arts for girls. Thomas himself played a major role in supervising Christine's education. Her later writings reveal that she had clearly received the sort of education generally reserved for men of her class. She was given instruction in Latin, philosophy, literature and the sciences known to the Medieval world

6: Christine's arguments, particularly regarding the question of the equality of the sexes, also reveal that she was well-read in the contemporary disputations of clerics and scholars of her own time. Also, she was good at the literatures of not only the ancient world, but of the writers of her own native Italy.

8: Christine, for instance, is credited with introducing the writings of Dante to the French, and her work The Fayttes of Armes is based on her reading of Vegetius a writer of ancient Rome. Throughout her work, the range of her own scholarship is evident in her citation of the auctores or authoritative texts.

10: As a young woman Christine was married to Ettiene du Castel a member of the French court. It was evidently a good marriage and Ettiene's death in 1389 left her devastated.

12: Her poem I am a Widow Dressed in Black,is meaningful in its simple expression of her grief and sense of loss. From the practical standpoint, Ettiene's death left Christine with the necessity of finding means of supporting herself and her three children.

14: Four years before, her father, Thomas Pezano had also died after falling out of favor at the French court. At this point Christine turned to writing and thus became perhaps one of history's earliest example of the working single mother.

16: Christine enjoyed an enormous success as a writer during her lifetime. Her poems and works were dedicated to many of the nobility including Queen Isabeau of Baviere, Prince Philip the bold, the Duke of Burgundy and the the Duke de Berry who in turn were obviously sponsors of the widowed writer.

18: She was in such demand that it appears that there were never any difficulties for her in terms of supporting herself or her family. At a time in history when books were extremely expensive to produce, the manuscripts of her works with their beautiful hand inscribed texts, expensive vellum, and gorgeously illustrated illuminations were another indication that she was an author of some reckoning.

22: she took pictures of her many cats and wrote about them. they were her "children" after all her real kids moved away because of bordom

23: THE END :)

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