The Political Significance of Christine de Pizan’s Love Poetry
Adams, Tracy, « The Political Significance of Christine de Pizan’s Love Poetry », Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes, 17 | 2009, 353-371.
This essay argues that Christine de Pizan’s love poetry represents an essential element of her political thought. In her amorous writings Christine exposes the violence that results inevitably from the ideology that obligates the nobility to defend its interests with arms. Although in her political works Christine sometimes admonishes the princes of the blood for their ambition and covetousness, only in her love lyrics does she feel free to describe the violence of her society as a systemic problem rather than the result of personal immorality.