Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Christine de Pizan at Her Computer

 

Christine de Pizan at Her Computer was published recently as an illustration in Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. This was honor enough in itself, but the passage she wrote (and in the final pages!) feels like a tribute to the work. You’ll have to get your own copy of the text, since I won’t publish what she wrote without permission here, except for “A woman who writes her own stories has no fear of demons, Yaeger’s emblem seems to say. That is an idea worth contemplating.”

The book itself, as described on the jacket, is a celebration of “a renaissance in history, inspired by amateurs, activists and professional historians.” It’s a delightful, quick read; how can it be rich and light at the same time? You can bounce around in it without getting lost and I’m not quite sure why this is so, but I have a feeling it’s the skill of the writer combined with extensive scholarship.

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