FC: Christine de Pizan by: McKenzie Huggins
1: Written by: McKenzie C. Huggins This Children's Story Book is in honor of Ms. Christine de Pizan. I would also like to dedicate this work to Zachary G. Conner who assisted me throughout the making of this book. "Christine de Pizan" is recommended for children 8 and up.
3: Once upon a time, in the faraway land of Venice, Italy, a child by the name of Christine de Pizan was born.
4: Christine was born during a time period called the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance was a time of rebirth in art and learning.
6: Christine's family had no clue that someday, Christine would grow up to be an important addition to the Italian Renaissance.
7: When she was five years old, Christine moved to Paris, France with her family. She was raised and spent most of her childhood here.
8: As a young girl, Christine could not go to school. She educated herself by teaching herself different languages and reading from a library called the royal archive. Christine became very smart. She was able to speak French, Italian, and also Latin.
10: When Christine was about fifteen years old, she married a young man by the name of Etienne du Castel. Etienne worked for King Charles V who ruled over France. Etienne and Christine were very happy.
11: Christine's father worked for King Charles too. His name was Tomasso de Pizzano.
12: The year that Christine and Etienne were married, King Charles died. His death caused problems for Christine.
13: The new king that took over after King Charles' death reduced the income of the members of the court. This means that Etienne and Tomasso made less money for Christine and her new family with her son, Jean and her daughter, Marie.
14: Christine found her family going through very hard times. To make things worse, a few years later the family experienced another tragedy. Chrisine's father, Tomasso died from illness and Etienne, too died suddenly.
15: Christine knew she had to find a way to provide for her children, and she decided she would become a writer.
16: This was very unusual for women in this time in history. Until now, women were mostly told to take care of their children and house. Christine showed that women could play an important role in their society.
18: Christine became very successful in the writing career. Some of her most famous works that she wrote are "The Book of the City of Ladies," "The Book of Three Virtues," and "Lamentations on the Civil War."
20: Christine contributed very much to the women of the Renaissance time. She completed fourty-one pieces in her thirty-year long career. She was perhaps one of the first women to teach that women can have a role in society just like the men. Christine retired when she was fifty-four years old and lived happily ever after.