Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 192 pages
The king was going mad . . . So begins Polly Schoyer Brooks's account of one of history's most compelling stories and one of the world's most popular heroines-Joan of Arc. Brooks tells us of a fifteenth-century France ravaged by war, plague, and religious conflict; of a king who suffered fits of madness and his weak son who made a disappointing successor; and of a peasant girl from the countryside who accomplished what appeared to be miracles by rallying the dispirited French nation with her desire to see the rightful king rule. Little more than a year after her astounding triumphs-uniting the nation and securing the throne for Charles VII with her victory over the English at Orlean-nineteen-year-old Joan was imprisoned on charges of witchcraft and sorcery, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake. Polly Schoyer Brooks's detailed narrative unveils the spirited young woman who became a patron saint and continues to inspire courage and faith.
 

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An accessible biography of one of France's greatest heroes and the world's most enigmatic persons: Joan of Arc. With a straight-forward, objective tone, the author tells of Joan's rise from peasant ... Read full review

Contents

The Fifteenth Centurv
3
Joan and Her Village
14
The Runaway
30
Chinon
38
The Battle of Orleans
51
The Battle of Patay
69
To Crown the King
79
Fall from Glory
87
Setting the Stage for the Trial
112
On Trial
119
Relapsed Heretic
135
Afterword
149
Authors Note 1 59
159
Bibliography
165
Index
169
Copyright

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Polly Schoyer Brooks lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she enjoys her four children, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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