Better known today for her mysticism, a significant proportion of Christine de Pizan's have a significant political content, prompting questions about the nature and message of female political discourse in early 15th-century France. Such questions are discussed in these twelve conference papers which examine in detail the texts of de Pizan, and her contemporaries, to explore the originality of her political thought, its political and historical context, her significant inclusion of women in the body politic and her familiarity with a Latin political tradition stretching back to Cicero and Aristotle. Contributors also examine the main themes of Christine's political texts, especially her focus on the virtue of prudence, a necessary requirement for rulers, and her relationship with the notoriously imprudent French queen Isabeau.
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Constant J. Mews is Professor of History at the School of Historical Studies at Monash University.
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Buchbeschreibung Brepols Publishers 0, Versand an Institutionen auch gegen Rechnung. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Verlagsfrisch New copy. Versand an Institutionen auch gegen Rechnung (illustrator). Verlagsfrisch New copy Disputatio DISPUT 7 Healing the Body Politic The Political Thought of Christine de Pizan K. Green, C. Mews (eds.) XXII+266 p., 160 x 240 mm, 2005 ISBN: 978-2-503-51636-3 Languages: English Hardback The publication is available. Retail price: EUR 60,00 How to order? Christine de Pizan (1364-1431) has been recognised as a poet, early humanist and feminist precursor but rarely as political theorist whose works were intended to have a direct impact on the tumultuous politics of her time. The essays in this collection focus on Christine as a political writer and provide an important resource for those wishing to understand her political thought. They locate her political writing in the late medieval tradition, discussing her indebtedness to Aristotle, Aquinas and Augustine as well as her transformations of their thought. They also illuminate Christine's 'political epistemology' her understanding of political wisdom as a part of theology, the knowledge of God. New light is thrown on the circumstances which prompted Christine to write on political issues and on her attitude to Isabeau of Bavaria. These essays show that Christine's originality consisted in her capacity to modify and feminise the tradition of Christian Aristotelianism through the use of elements of Christian imagery, in particular Mariology, in order to construct an image of the virtuous and prudent monarch which had lost the explicitly manly and warlike character of the Aristotelian phronimos. This reconfigured image of the monarch lent itself to the extension which she developed in her more feminist works, which demonstrated the prudence of women and their capacity, in times of need, to function as authoritative political figures. Buch. Artikel-Nr. 1237