The Book of the Duke of True Lovers
Christine de Pizan
Translated, with an introduction by Thelma S. Fenster with lyric poetry translated by Nadia Margolis
Written in 1405, this charming tale of courtly romance follows the progress of a clandestine love affair between a young knight, the Duke, and a married noblewoman. The Book of the Duke of True Lovers is as readable and entertaining today as it was when it was written. At the same time it provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of late medieval France, its society, fashion, and customs. Based on a new, more complete text of the French original, this translation is accompanied by six illuminations, an introduction, notes, a glossary, and a bibliography.
Christine de Pizan (1365-1429?), France's first woman of letters, is the author of more than twenty distinguished works, many concerning the political life of France or the defense of women. The book is a part of the Persea series of critical translations of the works of Christine de Pizan, which also includes The Book of the City of Ladies, A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor: The Treasury of the City of Ladies, and The Writings of Christine de Pizan.
Paperback / $11.95 (Can $17.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-166-8 / 162 pages / Fiction