The Maid and the Queen by Nancy Goldstone

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...her book offers an admirably coherent and readable account of the complicated French situation in the times of Joan of Arc.
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“Attention, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans: The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politicsdouble-crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self-interestare in abundant evidence in Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen.” (Laura Miller, Salon.com)

Joan of Arc, the brave peasant girl who heard the voices of angels and helped restore her king to the throne of France, astonished her contemporaries and continues to fascinate us today. Until now, though, her relationship with Yolande of Aragon, the ambitious and beautiful queen of Sicily—mother-in-law to the dauphin—has been little known. In a stunning work filled with intrigue, madness, and mysticism, Nancy Goldstone solves the thrilling mystery by showing that if you pry open the Queen's secrets, you will find the Maid's. Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War, Yolande of Aragon championed the dauphin's cause. As French hopes dimmed, a courageous young woman arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom. But how did she gain an audience with a king? Was it only God's hand that moved Joan of Arc—or was it also Yolande of Aragon's?
 

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NANCY GOLDSTONE's previous books include Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe and The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily. She has also coauthored five books with her husband, Lawrence Goldstone. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 02 2012

Goldstone... colorfully weaves together the tales of these two women

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard on Mar 29 2012

Goldstone weaves a remarkable dual biography. The intrigues of the history and the miraculous unfolding of the story of Joan make the book seem as gripping as any novel.

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Salon

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Miller on Apr 01 2012

Goldstone’s [delivery] is vigorous, witty and no-nonsense in the tradition of the late, great popular historian Barbara Tuchman.

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Erie Times-News

Excellent
Reviewed by John Cussen on Apr 22 2012

...her book offers an admirably coherent and readable account of the complicated French situation in the times of Joan of Arc.

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Good
Reviewed by Marianne Peters on Apr 01 2012

Goldstone has written a lively, fast-paced and fascinating account of Joan's story

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