You are here

The Ship of Virtuous LadiesNew

First published in 1503 in Lyons, Symphorien Champier’s The Ship of Virtuous Ladies helped launch the French Renaissance version of the querelle des femmes, the debate over the nature and status of women. The three books included in this edition offer arguments for gender equality, and a catalogue of virtuous women modeled on Boccaccio’s Famous Women and Jacobus de Voragine’s Golden Legend. “The Book of True Love” is especially important in gender history, importing and transforming the male-centered Neoplatonic philosophy of Marsilio Ficino for pro-woman ends.

"Symphorien Champier’s La nef des dames vertueuses (The Ship of Virtuous Ladies), a central text in the debates about women in early modern France, has at last been translated into English by Todd Reeser (following the first complete modern French edition by Judy Kem in 2007). Champier’s Ship explicitly sets out to defend women, although this professed aim is complicated in ways that the editor explains. Preceded by a first-rate introduction situating the work both historically and rhetorically, the volume demonstrates a version of Neoplatonism in which women can participate, offers advice to new wives, praises countless legendary and historical women, and proffers medical counsel. Students of early modern culture, women’s studies, and medical history will doubtless applaud Reeser’s meticulously researched and elegantly presented edition."

-Cathy Yandell, W. I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, Carleton College

TODD W. REESER is Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh. His numerous publications include Moderating Masculinity in Early Modern Culture (2006); Masculinities in Theory (2010); and Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance (2016).

First published in 1503 in Lyons, Symphorien Champier’s The Ship of Virtuous Ladies helped launch the French Renaissance version of the querelle des femmes, the debate over the nature and status of women. The three books included in this edition offer arguments for gender equality, and a catalogue of virtuous women modeled on Boccaccio’s Famous Women and Jacobus de Voragine’s Golden Legend. “The Book of True Love” is especially important in gender history, importing and transforming the male-centered Neoplatonic philosophy of Marsilio Ficino for pro-woman ends.

"Symphorien Champier...

Read more +

book Details

  • Page Count:

    161 pages

  • Publication Year:

    2018

  • Publisher:

    Iter Press and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Series:

    • The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series 61
    • Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 528

Print

USD$ 39.95 ISBN 978-0-86698-585-7 Order Print Book
Scroll to the top