Christine de Pizan

Illustration of Christine de Pizan by Bridget Finnegan1364 – 1430

Christine de Pizan was the first woman in recorded history to earn her living as a writer.

She married at the ripe old age of 15 and was widowed ten years later. After the death of her husband she became a court writer to support her family.  She worked for Phillip the Bold, John the Fearless, Frederick the Flatulent, Thomas the Turgid and Patrice the Pusillanimous. (OK, I may have made up a few of those people. I love a good thesaurus!)

The Book of the City of Ladies, Christine’s most well-known work, champions the role of women in society and was written in response to Roman de la Rose by Jean de Meun. Apparently, Meun’s epic poem was the Fifty Shades of Grey of its time, filled with racy language and questionable plot lines. Christine took offense to the poem and its depiction of women. But as we all know, sex sells! Roman de la Rose became the most popular book in 14th and 15th century Europe.

One of the points that Christine makes in her opus is that it may be another organ aside from the brain that seems to be a primary driver for men.

Aren’t we glad that those days are behind us, Mr. Trump?

A horse, a queen and two monkeys illustration.