I could hardly find a book on morals where, even before I had read it in its entirety, I did not find several chapters or certain sections attacking women, no matter who the author was... I finally decided that God formed a vile creature when He made woman, and I wondered how such a worthy artisan could have deigned to make such an abominable work which, from what they say, is the vessel as well as the refuge and abode of ever evil and vice.

Christine de Pizan

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Original Citation

De Pizan, Christine. Le Livre de la cité des dames [The Book of the City of Ladies]. Paris, c. 1405.

Current Citation

De Pizan, Christine. The Book of the City of Ladies. Penguin Classics, 2000.