Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Since her death at the age of nineteen in 1431, Joan of Arc has maintained a remarkable hold on our collective imagination. She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men in to battle as a courageous warrior. Yet she was also abandoned by the king whose coronation she secured, betrayed by her countrymen, and sold to the enemy. In this meticulously researched landmark biography, Donald Spoto captures her astonishing life and the times in which she lived. Neither wife nor nun, queen nor noblewoman, philosopher nor stateswoman, Joan of Arc demonstrates that everyone who follows their heart has the power to change history.


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Like many people, I pretty much knew about Joan of Arc -- who hasn't heard of her? But I wanted to deepen my knowledge and this short biography did an excellent job of describing her life, the trial she faced and the times in which she lived. Well researched, well written. Read full review

Joan: the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint

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Skilled biographer Spoto, who has written books on many celebrities (e.g., director Alfred Hitchcock and actor Laurence Olivier), has turned more recently to religious subjects, namely, Jesus and ... Read full review


one Of War and Occupation
TWO Visions
THREE Tomorrow Not Later
FOUR Armor and a Household
FIVE The New Deborah
SIX I Wont Fly Away
SEVEN A Leap of Faith
EIGHT Cunning and Clothes
NINE A Dress for a Mass
TEN A Matter of Honor

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Donald Spoto has written two dozen bestselling biographies of film and theater stars—among them Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Ingrid Bergman, and Marilyn Monroe. Born in Westchester County, near New York City, he now lives in Denmark.

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