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Debate of the Romance of the Rose

Christine de Pizan


In 1401, Christine de Pizan (1365–1430?), one of the most renowned and prolific woman writers of the Middle Ages, wrote a letter to the provost of Lille criticizing the highly popular and widely read Romance of the Rose for its blatant and unwarranted misogynistic depictions of women. The debate that ensued, over not only the merits of the treatise but also of the place of women in society, started Europe on the long path to gender parity. Pizan's criticism sparked a continent-wide discussion of issues that is still alive today in disputes about art and morality, especially the civic responsib ... More

Keywords: Christine de Pizan, Middle Ages, Lille, Romance of the Rose, art and morality, City of Ladies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226670126
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226670140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine de Pizan, author