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The Book of the Body Politic


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Christine de Pizan and The Other Voice 1
Christine's Life and Works 7
Manuscripts and Date of Composition 15
Analysis of the Text 22
Historical Context 22
The Sources and Their Integration 36
Afterlife 45
Note on the Translation 52
Book of the Body Politic 55
Part 1 57
Part 2 115
Part 3 149
Concordance 169
Bibliography 173
Manuscripts 173
Catalogues 173
Dictionaries 174
Bibliographies 175
Texts A: Christine de Pizan 175
Texts B: Other Texts 182
Critical Studies 185
Annotated Index of Proper Names and Titles 197

About the Author

Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-c. 1430) was an Italian-born poet and author who grew up in France. Angus J. Kennedy is emeritus Stevenson professor of French at the University of Glasgow.


"Kennedy's new edition and translation of Christine's Livre du corps de policie offers a copiously annotated introduction which covers Christine as political writer in this and other treatises; her extraordinary career as a woman writer claiming a voice equal to that of her male contemporaries; and the manuscripts of her Book, its dating, its historico-political context, and its sources. The translation, which highlights, in Kennedy's words, 'Christine's uncompromising, labyrinthine, muscular style,' closely follows the words and the sentence structure of the original. Together, edition and translation provide readers with an entirely reliable text and a meticulous translation of one of the most important works of lay political thought at the end of the Middle Ages in France."
-- Jane Taylor, Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University

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