The Hundred Ballads of Christine de Pisan

Pisan, Christine de (1364–c.1430), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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An English translation of the early love poetry of Christine de Pisan - The Hundred Ballads (Cent Ballades), published c1399. Christine de Pisan (or Pizan, 1364-c1430), born Christina de Pizzano, was a poet and author at the court of Charles VI of France. Her Italian father moved to Paris as Court astrologer to Charles V, and she married, in 1379, a notary and royal secretary, Etienne du Castel, who died of the plague in 1389, her father having died the previous year. She wrote a number of works on the situation of women, in particular The Book of the City of Women (Le Livre de la Cité des Dames, 1405) and The Treasure of the City of Women (properly Le Livre des Trois Vertus, 1405). The Hundred Ballads reveals her early poetry, primarily on the subject of love, though her pre-occupation with virtue and justice is already apparent, forming part of her later extended critique of the courts, nobility and attitudes of her age.

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Kline, A. S.

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