The New Synthese Historical Library

Virtue Ethics for Women 1250-1500

Editors: Green, Karen, Mews, Constant (Eds.)

  • Examines medieval virtue ethics from the perspective of gender
  • Discusses the little studied "Mirror of Ladies", widely copied in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
  • Places Christine de Pizan and later women writers within a tradition of ethical concern going back to the late thirteenth century
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About this book

This book locates Christine de Pizan's argument that women are virtuous members of the political community within the context of earlier discussions of the relative virtues of men and women. It is the first to explore how women were represented and addressed within medieval discussions of the virtues. It introduces readers to the little studied Speculum Dominarum (Mirror of Ladies), a mirror for a princess, compiled for Jeanne of Navarre, which circulated in the courtly milieu that nurtured Christine. Throwing new light on the way in which Medieval women understood the virtues, and were represented by others as virtuous subjects, it positions the ethical ideas of Anne of France, Laura Cereta, Marguerite of Navarre and the Dames de la Roche within an evolving discourse on the virtues that is marked by the transition from Medieval to Renaissance thought. 

Virtue Ethics for Women 1250-1500 will be of interest to those studying virtue ethics, the history of women's ideas and Medieval and Renaissance thought in general.

About the authors

Karen Green is a philosopher and the author of many articles in philosophy and the history of women's ideas, including The Woman of Reason (1995) and with Jacqueline Broad, A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 (2009).

Constant J. Mews is a medievalist and specialist in the ideas of Abelard and Eloise. He has published many works including Abelard, and The Lost Love Letters of Abelard and Eloise. Together they published Healing the Body Politic: the political thought of Christine de Pizan (2005). Jointly with Janice Pinder their translation of Christine de Pizan’s Livre de Paix won the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for an Outstanding Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature in 2009.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Does Virtue Recognise Gender? Christine de Pizan’s City of Ladies in the Light of Scholastic Debate

    Bejczy, István P.

    Pages 1-11

  • The Speculum dominarum (Miroir des dames) and Transformations of the Literature of Instruction for Women in the Early Fourteenth Century

    Mews, Constant J.

    Pages 13-30

  • A Mirror of Queenship: The Speculum dominarum and the Demands of Justice

    Lahav, Rina

    Pages 31-44

  • A Lady’s Guide to Salvation: The Miroir des dames Compilation

    Pinder, Janice

    Pages 45-52

  • Charles V’s Visual Definition of the Queen’s Virtues

    Quentel-Touche, Cécile

    Pages 53-80

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtue Ethics for Women 1250-1500
Editors
  • Karen Green
  • Constant Mews
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
69
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0529-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0529-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0528-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3582-8
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 224
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