Medieval Europe

A Woman’s Home is Her Castle

As I believe I’ve mentioned before, in Treasure of the City of Ladies; or the Book of the Three Virtues, author, intellectual, and champion of female education Christine de Pizan (1364–1430) instructed noblewomen of her time to learn the military skills they needed to defend their property: “She ought to have the heart of a…

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Shin-kickers from History: Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan (1364–1430) was one of the most important European writers of the late Middle Ages and the first woman known to make a living as a writer (1). She was born in Venice. When her father was appointed royal astrologer to the French king Charles V, the family moved to Paris, where she…

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Queen vs. Queen

At some point while we were strolling through Salzburg, happy as two history buggs can be, My Own True Love said something to the effect of “You should write a blog post about the Merovingians. No one knows who they are.” I’m not going to write a definitive post about the Merovingians, because that’s not…

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