Medieval woman poet


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    This picture shows the poet Christine de Pisan (1364–1431) at her writing desk. Pisan was one of the most celebrated French poets of the medieval period. Her poems tell of the rights of women, of love, and of philosophical and religious ideas. After becoming a widow, Pisan managed to support her family with the money made from her poetry – an extraordinary achievement for a woman at this time. Although historical sources about medieval women are not as numerous as those relating to men, they are much richer than is often supposed. Through surviving documents, literature and images, it is clear that medieval women were resilient, resourceful and skilled. Indeed some women were capable of exercising exceptional political power, learning and creativity.


    Shelfmark: Harley 4431 f.4r

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