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The Book of the Body Politic

The Book of the Body Politic

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521422598

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  • This is the first translation into modern English of Christine de Pizan's major political work, The Book of the Body Politic (c. 1407). Written during the Hundred Years' War by France's first female professional writer, it discusses the education and behavior appropriate for princes, nobility and common people, so that all classes can understand their responsibilities toward society as a whole. The product of a time of unrest and disorder, the book provides a fascinating view of politics from the perspective of an educated woman.

    • Only translation available of text by France's first female professional writer
    • Only medieval woman author to write explicitly on political theory
    • Editor's Introduction and translation pays attention to political language and concepts as well as literary interests
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521422598
    • length: 162 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the text
    Principal events in Christine de Pizan's life
    The Book of the Body Politic
    Part 1. On Princes: Part 2. On Nobles and Knights: Part 3. On the Common People: Glossary.

  • Author

    Christine de Pizan


    Kate Langdon Forhan, Siena College, New York

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