The Book of Peace
By Christine de Pizan
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Penn State University Press
Series: Penn State Romance Studies
List of Abbreviations
Christine de Pizan (1364–1430) stands out in the history of women’s ideas as a rare example of a late medieval woman—one who mastered the literary and scholarly conventions of her time in order to produce highly valued texts that demonstrate her command of contemporary Latin and vernacular wisdom....
Literary Sources of Le Livre de paix
Among the writings of Christine de Pizan, the Livre de paix is unusual for its use of Latin texts cited at the opening of every chapter, as well as for its quotation and paraphrase of these sources within the French text. The extent of these Latin quotations, mostly from the Bible and from a range of classical ...
Description of the Manuscripts
Christine de Pizan’s Livre de paix has survived in three manuscripts, two of which are in public collections. The first of these, found in the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique in Brussels (ms 10366), is contemporary with the author and was copied and corrected by Christine some time during the period...
Note on the Text
In the French text reproduced here we have attempted to provide as accurate a reading as possible of the manuscript Brussels, Biblioth
The Book of Peace
Here begins the table of contents of the Book of Peace, which is dedicated to the noble and excellent prince the Duke of Guyenne, eldest son of the King of France. Begun on the first day of September, after peace was sworn between our lords of France at the city of Auxerre, in the year 1412.1...
Here begins the table of contents of the second part of this book, begun on the third day of September, after the articles of peace were reconfirmed in the town of Pontoise, and our lords of France came in great joy and peace to Paris in the year of grace 1413.1 This second part speaks again in...
Here begins the table of the third part of this book, which speaks of the good government of the people and the polity in relation to three other virtues: clemency, liberality, and truthfulness....
Le Livre de paix
(fol. 1r) Cy commence la table des rubriches du livre de paix, lequel s’adrece a tres noble et excellent prince monseigneur le duc de Guyenne, ainsné filz du roy de France, encommencié le premier jour de septembre, aprés l’apointement de la paix juree en la cité d’Auxerre entre noz seigneurs de France en l’an de grace mil iiii cent et douze....
(fol. 28r) Cy commence la table des rubriches de la iie partie de ce livre. Laquelle iie partie fu commenciee le iiie jour du mois de septembre aprés les convenances de paix rejurees en la ville de Pontoise, et que noz seigneurs de France vindrent a grant joye et paix a Paris, en l’an de grace mil iiii...
Cy commence la table de la tierce partie de ce livre qui parle de bien gouverner le peuple et la chose publique sur trois autres vertus. C’est assavoir clemence, liberalité, et verité....