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The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry

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It is unexpected in any era to find a woman writing a book on the art of warfare, but in the fifteenth century it was unbelievable. Not surprisingly, therefore, Christine de Pizan's The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry, written around 1410, has often been regarded with disdain. Many have assumed that Christine was simply copying or pilfering earlier military manuals. ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 22nd 1999 by Penn State University Press (first published January 1st 1401)
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Laura
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I like that the editor of this edition included footnotes telling the reader specifically what each chapter is based on.
I think that too often medieval military enthusiasts look at a contemporary work and conclude that it's just a copy of something else, so why bother looking at it. Yes, Christine based much of her work on Vegetius. So did most medieval authors writing on warfare. But it doesn't follow that the best way to understand medieval warfare is to read Vegetius - WHAT Christine chooses
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Key
May 28, 2014 marked it as to-read
"It is unexpected in any era to find a woman writing a book on the art of warfare"
How casually sexist.
Joss Ratcliffe
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unless your very interested in medieval warfare don't bother, primarily about religion and battle tactics
Jason Oliver
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
During the late 14th and early 15th century in which Pizan lived, it was not common for women to write book (which she wrote 41) and it was even more unbelievable for a woman to write a manual for warfare, arms, and chivalry., which see did in The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry.

Using prior manuals as reference and also advisers, she discusses such topics as who has the right to declare war, what is a just war, the rules of engagement, and the law surrounding different aspects of war. She
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Rebecca
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating military treatise. I found it to be a informative for tactics and laws for medieval warfare, as well as the theological debates concerning warfare. This is a fantastic resource for anyone who is interested in military history, medieval history and warfare, and writers who want to do research either for fantasy or historical fiction set in the medieval era. Christine's encyclopedic knowledge is on display in this book, as is her brilliance and ability to offer insights into ...more
Christina Packard
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting and detailed.
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An excellent resource, and full of great stories to boot. Not just a research document, but useful as such nonetheless.
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Christine de Pizan (also seen as de Pisan) (1363–c.1434) was a writer and analyst of the medieval era who strongly challenged misogyny and stereotypes that were prevalent in the male-dominated realm of the arts. De Pizan completed forty-one pieces during her thirty-year career (1399–1429). She earned her accolade as Europe’s first professional woman writer (Redfern 74). Her success stems from a wi ...more