Supplemental 5: Christine de Pizan and the Body Politic

Grand Dukes of the West: A History of Valois Burgundy

Christine de Pizan was the favorite court writer of many of the most important Lords and Ladies of France in the early 1400s. She started her career writing Love Poetry before expanding to writing treatises on Politics, History, Gender, and Theology. In this episode I’ll trace her political thought as the Armagnac-Burgundian civil war rages by focusing on three of her writings: The Book of the Body Politic, The Lament on the Evils of Civil War, and The Book of Peace.

Check out this episode’s page on for a list of my sources and to read De Pizan’s writings for yourself.

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