This title was first published in 2002: Christine de Pizan held no political office and her work was not influencial on any political theorist living today. However, in the disciplines of women's studies and French literature she has inspired intellectual debate, so much that the two sides of the debate are referred to as Christinophiles and Christinoclasts. This book persents the political paradoxes of Christine de Pizan. She was a woman in a man's world, an Italian at a French court, and the daughter of a civil servant in a world structured by social class. Her corpus of political works include five works designed to educate the male ruling class, two works expressly princesses and a treatise on warfare. The goal of this book is to outline the political theory of Christine de Pizan and situate her ideas within the history of political ideas in general.
Table of Contents
Contents: Chronological list of works and short titles; Descendants of Jean II, King of France; Maps; Alone am I; An introduction to the mirror for princes; The body politic; On kingship; Justice and the law; Peace and just war; Conclusion: the paradox of Christine de Pizan; Selected Bibliography; Index.