Joan of Arc by Regine Pernoud
Her Story

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In a distinguished English translation by Jeremy duQuesnay Adams from the best-selling French edition, Regine Pernoud and Marie-Veronique Clin's Joan of Arc: Her Story appears for the first time in an edition for an American audience. The story of Joan of Arc has fascinated readers for centuries: As a young girl in rural France, Joan heard the voices of Saints Catherine, Margaret, and Michael telling her that the dauphin was God's choice for the throne of France. Unquestioningly, Joan left her family to lead the army of the dauphin against the English and defeated them, thereby putting Charles VII on the throne. From the image of an obscure French peasant girl who led the army of the dauphin, to the icon of a saint burned at the stake by an English-controlled church, Joan has been a blank slate on which thousands have written their obsessions, their fears, and their hopes. In Adams's magisterial translation, Pernoud and Clin clear away the myths, allowing modern readers to see Joan as she was. Adams has added a great deal of material not in the original French edition, including a new preface and additional entries to the glossary, which provides portraits of the important historical figures that affected Joan as well as synopses of the historical occurrences and interpretations of Joan through the ages. Joan of Arc: Her Story is an affecting and absolutely thrilling life of a woman who influences us even to this day.
 

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Regine Pernoud is widely acclaimed as one of the great medievalists of our times. Among her many books are definitive works on Joan of Arc and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as The Crusaders, Those Terrible Middle Ages, Martin of Tours and The Retrial of Joan of Arc Clin is an independent scholar.
 
Published December 1, 1998 by St. Martin's Press. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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Of the many books which have been written about Joan of Arc, almost all have drawn on the evidence of her retrial which was opened by Charles VII twenty years after her death- and in which many of the original witnesses of the first trial were to reappear, free from fear and no longer able to har...

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The details of her military leadership at age 17, her imprisonment and trial, and her execution at the stake at 19 are all surprisingly well attested by letters (three penned by Joan herself), trial transcripts, contemporary histories, and ecclesiastical records.

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In order to separate legend from fact, her uses from herself, Pernoud and Clin have ingeniously turned the mystifying question ""Who is Joan of Arc?"" into the more manageable ""What is [her] historical record?"" Joan's history was brief: a year of fighting, a year of imprisonment.

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