Helen Castor brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she give us a living, breathing, young woman, a roaring girl fighting the English and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing apart fifteenth-century France. Here is a portrait of a nineteen-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 that began to take hold at her trial: that of the Maid of Orleans, the savior 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 startling new take on the medieval world. 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 or the people around her -- princes, bishops, soldiers, or peasants -- knew what would happen next. Adding complexity, depth, and fresh insight into Joan's life, showing her confronting the challenges of faith and doubt in a superstitious age. Castor's Joan of Arc is a rich history and biography that allows us to better understand this remarkable woman and her world.
Harper, Hardcover, 2015
This is a BRAND NEW book. There is a black "closeout/remainder" mark on the bottom page edges.