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Christine de Pizan ( also seen as de Pisan ) ( 1363 – c. 1430 ) was a Venetian-born late medieval author who challenged misogyny and stereotypes prevalent in the late medieval culture.
As a poet, she was well known and highly regarded in her own day ; she completed 41 works during her 30 year career ( 1399 – 1429 ), and can be regarded as Europe ’ s first professional woman writer.
Much of the impetus for her writing came from her need to earn a living for herself and her three children.
She spent most of her childhood and all of her adult life based in Paris and then the abbey at Poissy, and wrote entirely in her adoptive tongue of Middle French.