Christine de Pizan: Othea's Letter to Hector

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series, Vol. 57

Christine de Pizan: Othea's Letter to Hector

Edited by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Earl Jeffrey Richards
2017 | 182 pp. | 978-0-86698-577-2 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
MRTS 521 | $34.95 |

OVEME v.57.
Othea’s Letter to Hector, one of Christine de Pizan’s most popular works, is at the same time one of her most complex creations. Combining a somewhat Sibylline verse text based on a mythological figure with extensive citation of pagan sapiential authorities, the Bible, and the Church Fathers, it showcases Christine’s extraordinary learning and her innovative approach to didacticism. An appendix provides new insights on her skillful use of patristic sources and creative command of Latin authors.


Reviews

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Earl Jeffrey Richards provide in this volume a smooth and readable translation of Othea’s Letter to Hector by Christine de Pizan, accompanied by a well-written introduction at the right level and complexity for an audience of non-specialists.
—Daisy Delogu
Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The University of Chicago