In fourteenth-century Europe, it was common for humanist writers to debate the inherent worth of women by telling stories of good or bad classical and biblical figures to support their arguments. In this class, we will compare the approaches of Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio and French writer Christine de Pizan. Raised at the court of France, Christine was an unusually well-educated woman who had read Boccaccio's work. After the deaths of her father and her husband, Christine successfully turned to writing-everything from love poetry to treatises on good government to defenses of women-to support her family. Our class will explore briefly the biographies of both writers and then consider their works, noting how and why each writer told very different stories of the lives of celebrated women.