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Joan of Arc: Her Story by Régine Pernoud

Joan of Arc: Her Story (1986)

by Régine Pernoud, Marie-Véronique Clin

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There are more witness accounts and authentic sourced materials written about this once unknown simple village girl than those of the many other of world famous personages. If there is only one to read about Joan of Arc and the supporting cast of her time, this is the book. ( )
1 vote marcares | Apr 14, 2010 |
Written by the grande dame of French history, the story of the maid of Orleans, from her origins through her trial, the burning at Rouen, and the nullification trial 25 years post-mortem. The biography proper is followed by the second half of the book which goes through the documents and testimony of those who had a memory of Joan, much of it recovered from the nullification trial. Joan was canonized in 1920. [245]

By all accounts, Joan grew up among peasants who described her as entirely "ordinary" before she answered the call to "save France". [159]

She probably learned to read while in prison. Her remarkable and dictated letters are provided in French with translations. [247] ( )
1 vote keylawk | May 17, 2009 |
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Clin, Marie-Véroniquemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Jeremy duQuesnayTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wheeler, BonnieEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The peasant girl who led an army against the English and placed Charles VII on the French throne has inspired countless books since her death at age 19. While others have claimed Joan the Maid (as she called herself) for every cause from feminism to working-class radicalism, this meticulous volume by two French scholars sticks close to the known facts. The authors make extensive use of contemporary documents that bring to life the turbulent political scene in which Joan operated as well as her forceful personality. Joan followed the directives of voices she believed were sent to her by God; her deep piety, self-assurance, decisiveness, and shrewd intelligence radiate from her letters and from her responses to hostile questioning at the rigged trial that resulted in her being burned alive as a heretic in 1431. General readers may be intimidated at first by a detailed narrative studded with lengthy quotations, but those who persevere will discover a story all the more moving because it is not manipulated to make a modern-day point. This English translation updates the 1986 French volume's bibliography, supplements the biographies in part 2 with sketches of historical figures less familiar outside of France, and generally makes the book more accessible for English-language readers. --Wendy Smith

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A biography of Joan of Arc, the 14th century French woman warrior. The authors describe her peasant origins, her career as commander of troops fighting the English, her death at the stake for heresy, and her elevation to sainthood in 1920.

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