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Pizan and Kempe Study Questions

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Excerpts from Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies and Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe Questions to Guide Your Reading How would you compare the writing styles of Pizan and Kempe? Do they write in a scholarly style or personal style? Does their prose differ from Heloise’s writing? How does “Reason” challenge the common medieval views of women in her dialogues with Christine? How does she explain male criticisms of women (pp. 136-38)? Does “Reason” cite ancient or biblical texts to show that women should be honored rather than condemned (pp. 144-46)? How does “Reason” refute the claim that women in general are the cause of human depravity (pp. 136-37)? What does “Reason” say about women who weep? Did Jesus or the Fathers of the Church condemn the tears of women (p. 144)? How does this book describe women’s behavior (as compared to men) when they drink alcohol or practice charitable acts (p. 143-44)? Are women portrayed as virtuous?
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