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In Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France, Tracy Adams offers a reevaluation of Christine de Pizan’s literary engagement with contemporary politics. Adams locates Christine’s works within a detailed narrative of the complex history of the dispute between the Burgundians and the Armagnacs, the two largest political factions in fifteenth-century France. Contrary to what many scholars have long believed, Christine consistently supported the Armagnac faction throughout her literary career and maintained strong ties to Louis of Orleans and Isabeau of Bavaria. Adams claims that Christine’s writings not only voiced support for Louis and Isabeau in opposition to John of Burgundy, but also contributed to defining kingship and creating authority in France’s turbulent political climate. In addition, Christine promoted, defended, and profoundly affected the nature of female regency as it developed in France from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Alternating between chapters focusing on the historical context of the Armagnac-Burgundian feud at different moments, and chapters offering close readings of Christine’s poetry and prose, Adams shows the ways in which the writer was closely engaged with and influenced the volatile politics of her time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on Translations and Manuscripts
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter 1: Christine and the Armagnac-Burgundian Feud: Regency and Kingship
  2. pp. 11-29
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  1. Chapter 2: The Beginnings of the Feud and Christine’s Political Poetry, 1393–1401
  2. pp. 30-62
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  1. Chapter 3: The Point of No Return and the Political Allegories, 1401–1404
  2. pp. 63-94
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  1. Chapter 4: Jean of Burgundy and Reconfiguring Regency, 1405
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. Chapter 5: Reading Toward Showdown and the Prose Treatises, 1405–1407
  2. pp. 121-145
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  1. Chapter 6: The Great Feud, After 1407
  2. pp. 146-172
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-200
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 201-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271065755
Related ISBN
9780271050713
MARC Record
OCLC
891670985
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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