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LE LIVRE DE LA CITÉ DES DAMES By Chris­tine de Pizan Writ­ten in 1405, de Pizan’s pi­o­neer­ing prose work serves as a spir­ited de­fence of her sex in a so­ci­ety plagued by misog­yny. The book, writ­ten in ver­nac­u­lar French, cen­tres on the au­thor’s dream­like vi­sion in which three virtues – rea­son, rec­ti­tude and jus­tice – in­struct her to cre­ate an al­le­gor­i­cal city where wom­ankind reigns supreme. De Pizan se­lects iconic fe­males from her own era and the past as build­ing blocks, to show that women are val­ued mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

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