The Maid and the Queen by Nancy Goldstone

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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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“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)

Politically astute, ambitious, and beautiful, Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War, Yolande championed the dauphin's cause against the forces of England and Burgundy, drawing on her savvy, her statecraft, and her intimate network of spies. But the enemy seemed invincible. Just as French hopes dimmed, an astonishingly courageous young woman named Joan of Arc arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom, claiming she carried a divine message-a message that would change the course of history and ultimately lead to the coronation of Charles VII and the triumph of France.

Now, on the six hundredth anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, this fascinating book explores the relationship between these two remarkable women, and deepens our understanding of this dramatic period in history. How did an illiterate peasant girl gain access to the future king of France, earn his trust, and ultimately lead his forces into battle? Was it only the hand of God that moved Joan of Arc-or was it also Yolande of Aragon?

 

About Nancy Goldstone

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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 Viking Adult. 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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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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