Joan of Arc: Her Story

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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 useful and innovative documentary history of the15th-century French insurrectionist. Pernoud, who died in April, has supplemented her previous biography, Joan of Arc (1966), by offering readers this ... Read full review

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Contents

Her Story Begins
9
Joan Meets Her Dauphin
15
Joan and the Victory at Orléans
33
Her Dauphin Anointed King at Reims
53
Intrigue Frustration and Capture
69
Joan the Prisoner
89
Joans Trial and Execution at Rouen
103
The Verdict of Rouen Nullified
139
Boisguillaume
208
Thomas de Courcelles
210
Guillaume Érard
211
Jean dEstivet
212
William Haiton
213
Jean Lemaitre
214
Jean de Mailly
215
Pierre Maurice
216

Joan as Memory
159
THE CAST OF PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
165
John Duke of Alençon
172
Regnault of Chartres Archbishop of Reims
178
Jean le Charlier de Gerson
184
Georges de La Trémoille
190
Christine de Pisan
197
William de la Pole Earl of Suffolk
203
Philip the Good Duke of Burgundy 170
204
Richard Beauchamp Earl of Warwick
205
Poton de Xaintrailles
206
HER JUDGES AT ROUEN 45 Jean Alespée
207
Raoul Roussel
217
Joans Name
220
Joans Family
221
Joan as Royal Bastard
222
Joans Armor
224
Joans Swords
225
Orléans at the Time of the Siege
226
The Siege of Orléans
228
The Letters of Joan of Arc
247
Chronology and Itinerary
265
Topical Bibliography
284
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Règine Pernoud, a pioneer women's historian, was a member of the French Academy and founder of the Centre Jeanne d'Arc in Orleans.

Marie-Vèronique Clin is Director, Museum of the History of Medicine in Paris.

Jeremy Duquesnay Adams is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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