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Female literacy in the Middle Ages

Female literacy during the Middle Ages was surprisingly high. Nuns were authors and scribes. Many other women encouraged reading and learning, especially noble woman. One example was Christine de Pizan, a poet at the court of King Charles VI of France.

Christine de Pizan (index Christine de Pisan)

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Christine de Pizan (index Christine de Pisan)

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Giovanni Boccaccio

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Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun

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Heidelberg University Library

Simon Bening, follower

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Simon Bening, follower

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Christine de Pizan (index Christine de Pisan)

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Giovanni Boccaccio

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Giovanni Boccaccio

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Pierre de Blois and others

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Giovanni Boccaccio

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Master of the Dresden Prayer Book; Willem Vrelant, follower

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Masters of the Gold Scrolls

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Master Azor, follower

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