Joan of Arc (Hardback)

by Helen Castor

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Excitingly told by acclaimed historian and broadcaster Helen Castor, bestselling author of She-Wolves, this is the story of Joan of Arc as you have never read it before. "Popular history at its best: pacy, clear and undergirded with a formidable array of scholarly footnotes. Helen Castor shows how well it can be done." (Daily Telegraph). "The real Joan of Arc was a more flawed, more human and more tragic figure than her name suggests, and in this sober, serious and compelling account Helen Castor, the author of She-Wolves, a history of England's fierce early queens, succeeds triumphantly in rescuing her from the various straitjackets - prettifying legend, or Joan as early feminist, proto-Protestant, symbol of the French resistance - in which she has been confined." (Sunday Times). Helen Castor brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing fifteenth century France apart. Here is a portrait of a 19-year-old peasant who hears voices from God; a teenager transformed into a warrior leading an army to victory, in an age that believed women should not fight. And it is also the story behind the myth we all know, a myth which began to take hold at her trial: that of the Maid of Orleans, the saviour of France, a young woman burned at the stake as a heretic, a woman who five hundred years later would be declared a saint. Joan and her world are brought vividly to life in this refreshing new take on the medieval world. Helen Castor brings us to the heart of the action, to a woman and a country in turmoil, a world where no-one - not Joan herself, nor the people around her, princes, bishops, soldiers or peasants - knew what would happen next.

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Published
02/10/2014

Publisher
Faber & Faber Non-Fiction

ISBN
9780571284627


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