Welcome to the winter chateau

This is an outpost of the Gender Desk, that remains as yet unscathed by the dread Gutenberg Editor scourge.

There’s really nothing much to see here, except for some shortcuts to as-yet uninfected backrooms of the Gender Desk and some 16th century Christine de Pizan manuscripts, which I have added for the enjoyment of my devoted fans.
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The three virtues visit Christine de Pizan in her study

“Drive back these treacherous liars who use nothing but tricks and honeyed words to steal from you that which you should keep safe above all else: your chastity and your glorious good name”

Christine falls asleep and is visited by the three virtues, Reason, Rectitude, and Justice. They will not let her rest.


The Book of the City of Ladies

“The three Virtues then appear to Christine, and each lady tells Christine what her role will be in helping her build the City of Ladies.

“Lady Reason, a virtue developed by Christine for the purpose of her book, is the first to join Christine and helps her build the external walls of the city. She answers Christine’s questions about why some men slander women, helping Christine to prepare the ground on which the city will be built. She tells Christine to “take the spade of [her] intelligence and dig deep to make a trench all around [the city] … [and Reason will] help to carry away the hods of earth on [her] shoulders.” These “hods of earth” are the past beliefs Christine has held.

“Christine, in the beginning of the text, believed that women must truly be bad because she “could scarcely find a moral work by any author which didn’t devote some chapter or paragraph to attacking the female sex. [Therefore she] had to accept [these authors] unfavourable opinion[s] of women since it was unlikely that so many learned men, who seemed to be endowed with such great intelligence and insight into all things, could possibly have lied on so many different occasions.”

“Christine is not using reason to discover the merits of women. She believes all that she reads instead of putting her mind to listing all the great deeds women have accomplished.

“To help Christine see reason, Lady Reason comes and teaches Christine. She helps Christine dispel her own self-consciousness and the negative thoughts of past writers. By creating Lady Reason, Christine not only teaches her own allegorical self, but also her readers. She gives not only herself reason, but also gives readers, and women, reason to believe that women are not evil or useless creatures but instead have a significant place within society.”