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The Book of the Body Politic
by Christine de Pizan
edited by Angus J. Kennedy
translated by Angus J. Kennedy
Iter Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-64959-052-7 | Paper: 978-1-64959-051-0
Library of Congress Classification JC393.A3P513 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 321.6

The first political treatise written by a woman.

Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the Body Politic is the first political treatise written by a woman. It not only advises the prince, but nobles, knights, and common people as well. It promotes the ideals of interdependence and social responsibility. Rooted in the mindset of medieval Christendom, The Book of the Body Politic heralds the humanism of the Renaissance, highlighting classical culture and Roman civic virtues. This new edition and translation offers a faithful rendering of Christine de Pizan’s writing, as well as a thorough contextualization of her career as a political writer at the end of the Middle Ages in France. The Book of the Body Politic resounds to this day, urging for the need for probity in public life and the importance of responsibilities and rights.

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