You are here

The Book of the Body Politic New

Christine de Pizan’s Body Politic (1406–1407) is the first political treatise to have been written not just by a woman, but by a woman capable of holding her own in a normally male domain. It advises not just the prince, as was traditional, but also nobles, knights, and the common people, promoting the ideals of interdependence and social responsibility. Rooted in the mind-set of medieval Christendom, it heralds the humanism of the Renaissance, highlighting classical culture and Roman civic virtues. The Body Politic resounds still today, urging the need for probity in public life and the importance of responsibilities as well as rights.

"Angus J. 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

ANGUS J. KENNEDY, Emeritus Stevenson Professor of French at the University of Glasgow, has received three awards from the French Government for services to French culture, being created Officier (1991) then Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2001), and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004).

 

Christine de Pizan’s Body Politic (1406–1407) is the first political treatise to have been written not just by a woman, but by a woman capable of holding her own in a normally male domain. It advises not just the prince, as was traditional, but also nobles, knights, and the common people, promoting the ideals of interdependence and social responsibility. Rooted in the mind-set of medieval Christendom, it heralds the humanism of the Renaissance, highlighting classical culture and Roman civic virtues. The Body Politic resounds still today, urging the need for probity in public life and the i...

Read more +

book Details

  • Page Count:

    232 pages

  • Publication Year:

    2021

  • Publisher:

    Iter Press
  • Series:

    • The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series 86

Print

USD$ 48.95 ISBN 978-1-64959-051-0 Order Print Book
Scroll to the top