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Posted April 16, 2012
Everyone interested in the real Joan of Arc should read.
Many of the ideas in Goldstone's book are original and compelling. Everyone who wants to understand Joan of Arc, and 15th Century France should read this book. This book presents the relationship between the Queen of Sicily and Charles the dauphin more comprehensively and accessibly than I have seen anywhere else.
Regardless of the extent you agree with Goldstone's theory of how Joan of Arc was able to reach the dauphin and convince him to let her attempt to break the siege, no discussion of Joan of Arc is now complete without addressing it.
Very well written, strongly researched, detailed but accessible.
I hope this book inspires a new generation of study of this incredible story.
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Posted March 15, 2013
In the novel THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, author Nancy Goldstone prop
In the novel THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, author Nancy Goldstone proposes that Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Sicily, was a reckoning force behind Joan of Arc’s rise to power. It is an interesting premise and forms the basis of this novel about these two very remarkable women. The author has successfully blended their lives together, crossing paths amid the convoluted machinations of royal courts, political aspirations, and military secrets.
Could these two women truly have met and known each other? Of course. How else could a poor young woman from an obscure town in France gain the introductions necessary to reach the loftiest heights of royal power? The author does her research to make this a very compelling possibility.
Yolande of Aragon was the wife of Louis II, a member of the French royal family and King of Sicily.
With her husband embroiled in fights in Italy for his claim to the kingdom of Naples and The Hundred Year War, Yolande sought to help her husband and France any way she could. Thus, she used Joan of Arc. The connection between the two women was through the town of Domrémy in the duchy of Bar where Joan lived and Yolande’s mother who once held that duchy as her ancestral home.
THE MAID AND THE QUEEN is a story told in three parts. The first part tells the life of Yolande, the second part focuses on the life of Joan, and the final part concludes with the latter part of Joan’s and Yolande’s life.
The research is meticulous. The beauty and sadness of Joan’s story compliments the political events Yolande found herself embroiled in. There are plenty of gripping scenes and emotional passages. This is a fascinating novel about two powerful women, who were ahead of their time, struggling to survive in a world dominated by men. A very memorable read indeed.
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Posted May 10, 2012