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A PISANO

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 647 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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A PISANO. 647 de la paix (1412-1413), but after the disasters of the campaign of Agincourt she retired to a convent. We have no more of her work until 1429, when she broke her silence to write a song in honour of Joan of Arc. Of the circumstances of her death nothing is known but it probably took place about this time. Her Cite des dames contains many interesting contemporary portraits, and her Livre des trois vertus contains details of domestic life in the France of the early 15th century. not supplied by more formal historians. Her poems were edited by Maurice Roy for the Societe des anciens Textes francais (1886, &c.), and her Livre du chemin du long estude, by Puschel (Berlin, 1887). There are monographs by Raimond Thomassy (Paris, 1838) ; E. M. D. Robineau (Saint-Omer, 1882) ; and Friedrich Koch (Goslar, 1885). It is possible that Jean Castel, who was chronicler of France under Louis XI., was Christine's grandson. Hoccleve imitated her Epitre au dieu d'amour, in his " Letter of Cupid " (Chaucerian and other Pieces, ed. W. W. Skeat, 1897). A translation of her Epitre d'Othea was made (c. 144o) by Stephen Scrope for his stepfather, Sir John Fastolf, and is pre-served in a MS. at Longleat. This was edited (1904) for the Roxburghe Club by W. G. F. Warner as The Epistle of Othea to Hector, or the Boke of Knyghthode. The Moral Proverbs of Christyne de Pise, translated by Earl Rivers, was printed in 1478 by Caxton, who himself translated, by order of Henry VII., her Livre des faitz d'armes, et de chevalerie, a treatise on the art of war, based chiefly on Vegetius. Her Cite des dames was translated by Brian Anslay (London, 1521).
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