Christine de Pizan (b. 1364, d. 1430) was the first professional woman author in Europe. Writing in the French language, she often commented on the politics of her time and defended the moral and intellectual character of women. This is the largest and most splendid manuscript of her works. It was produced under Christine’s direct supervision and dedicated to Isabeau of Bavaria, queen consort of Charles VI of France. This page shows the opening of Cent Ballades d'Amant et de Dame (100 ballads of the lover and the lady), illustrated with a picture of Christine writing in her study.