Christine de Pizan Biography
(Italian Poet and Court Writer for King Charles VI of France)
Born In: Venice, Italy
Christine de Pizan was a French writer of medieval era known for her pioneering works about feminist literature. She was also the first women in Europe to actually make a living through writing. Born to Tommaso di Benvenuto da Pizzano, she spent the early years of her life at the court of King Charles V where her father served as an astrologer and physician. The exposure to an extensive library at the court of King Charles V opened gateway for new learning for the little de Pizan. She soon immersed herself in reading and by early teens acquired knowledge about a range of topics, from classics to languages and humanism of early Renaissance. Though de Pizan was passionate about writing, it wasn’t until her husband’s death that she took to it professionally. In her career spanning three decades, she penned 41 works, of which a large amount included vernacular works in both prose and verse. Her works include political treatises, mirrors for princes, epistles, and poetry. She also penned books containing practical advice for women. She often argued against the traditional roles of women and urged for equality between the sexes. Christine de Pizan is today looked upon as one of the early feminists, who through her works, laid the fact that women can play an important role in the society.