Fresh Verdicts on Joan of Arc / Edition 2

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This volume of original essays employs the latest tools of historical analysis, literary criticism, and feminist inquiry to reval why Joan of Arc was such an important figure.
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Employs the latest analytic approaches to query why veterans of Joan's military campaigns were so impressed with her command, why so many contemporary churchmen and poets found her mission and voices credible, why she remains such a powerful symbol for modern politicians and literary and cinematic artists, why the Catholic Church decided to canonize her in 1920 despite the lingering doubts of its Devil's Advocates, and other mysteries surrounding the Maid of Orleans. The 16 essays are cross- referenced to form a unified reference. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815336648
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 852,431
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Wheeler directs the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University. She writes about medieval literature and culture, is series editor of The New Middle Ages, and also edits the journal Arthuriana. Charles T. Wood is Daniel Webster Professor of History, emeritus at Dartmouth College and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. He is the author of Joan of Arc and Richard III: Saints, Sex and Government in the Middle Ages.

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Table of Contents

Joan of Arc's Sword in the Stone
A Woman as Leader of Men: Joan of Arc's Military Career 3
Joan of Arc's Mission and the Lost Record of Her Interrogation at Poitiers 19
True Lies: Transvestism and Idolatry in the Trial of Joan of Arc 31
Was Joan of Arc a "Sign" of Charles VII's Innocence? 61
Transcription Errors in Texts of Joan of Arc's History 73
"I Do Not Name to You the Voice of St. Michael": The Identification of Joan of Arc's Voices 85
Readers of the Lost Arc: Secrecy, Secularity, and Speculation in the Trial of Joan of Arc 113
Joan of Arc and Christine de Pizan: The Symbiosis of Two Warriors in the Ditie de Jehanne d'Arc 133
PR PAS PC: Christine de Pizan's Pro-Joan Propaganda 145
Speaking of Angels: A Fifteenth-Century Bishop in Defence of Joan of Arc's Mystical Voices 161
Martin Le Franc's Commentary on Jean Gerson's Treatise on Joan of Arc 177
Why Joan of Arc Never Became an Amazon 189
Joan of Arc's Last Trial: The Attack of the Devil's Advocates 205
Jeanne Au Cinema 237
The "Joan Phenomenon" and the French Right 265
Epilogue: Joan of Arc or the Survival of a People 289
App. Joan of Arc and Her Doctors 295
App. Aspects of Material Culture in the Paris Region at the Time of Joan of Arc 303
Contributors 315
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