Joan by Donald Spoto
The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint

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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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DONALD SPOTO is the author of twenty-six books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Fordham University. Spoto is married to the Danish school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen. They live in Denmark.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Business & Economics, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He delves into Joan’s childhood in the early 15th century, examining the historical backdrop and the ways in which Joan’s values and beliefs were shaped by life in her small French village.

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The only person to have been condemned for heresy and later sainted, Joan of Arc continues to capture the popular imagination and is, Spoto argues, "the sign that God is free to act as He wills to act, not as we presume He ought to act."

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That he can overlook the fact that Crawford illegally adopted all four of her children by literally buying them from baby brokers, adopting them in other states in which single parent adoptions were allowed, and then bringing them into the state of California with her team of lawyers standing rea...

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Summary: A biography of the film star, who according to the author was a contradictory human being but certainly not the monster portrayed in Mommie Dearest, the memoir by her adopted daughter.

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When we were taught about Joan of Arc in school, all we were told were the basics: She was a teenage girl who heard the voice of God, led the French armies to victory for the king and then was burned to death at the stake.

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With the use of only recently opened archives and personal papers, Donald Spoto probes behind the lurid headlines to bring us Joan Crawford, the private person as well as the movie legend.

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