Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

D'Arcens, L. 2008, ''Nee en Ytale': Christine de Pizan's migrant didactic voice', in J. F. Ruys (eds), What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early-Modern Periods, 1 edn, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium. pp. 81-105.


Over the past three decades Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-c. 1431) has come to be regarded as one of the most distinctive voices of late medieval French literature. Alongside her renowned advocacy of women, she is increasingly widely recognized for her abiding dedication to analysing, and proposing solutions to, the struggles of war-torn France. For a quarter of a century she devoted herself to offering advice to members of the beleaguered royal family, whose unstable fortunes at the hands of civil war and the Hundred Years' War very directly affected her own condition and that of her family. Her political writings clearly reveal the extent to which she regarded her own fate as intertwined with, and reflected in, that of the French kingdom.