Joan of Arc and Spirituality / Edition 1

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Joan of Arc is an unusual saint. Canonized in 1920 as a virgin, she died in 1431 as a condemned heretic. Uneducated, militant, and youthful, she obeyed "Voices" that counseled her to pursue an unprecedented vocation. The various trial records provide a wealth of evidence about how Joan and others understood her spiritual life. This collection explores multiple facets of Joan's prayerful life. Two-thirds of the essays focus on Joan in her own time; the later chapters study Joan's formative influence upon modern women. Taken together, these essays offer new perspectives on the heroism of Joan's original way of sanctity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403962225
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann W. Astell is Professor of English at Purdue University.

Bonnie Wheeler directs the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.

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Table of Contents

Joan's Own Spirituality
• The Mortal Body as Divine Proof: A Spiritual-Physical Blazon of Joan of Arc--Nadia Margolis
• The Virgin Mary and the 'Voices' of Joan of Arc--Ann W. Astell
• St. Joan and Confession: Internal and External Forum--Henry Ansgar Kelly
• Joan of Arc and Lex Privata: a Spirit of Freedom in the Law--Jane Marie Pinzino
• Joan of Arc's Call to Crusade--Kelly DeVries
Clerical Perceptions of Joan's Spirituality in her Own Time
Jeanne and the Clergy--George H. Tavard
• Judging Women of Spirit: From Female Mystics to Joan of Arc--Deborah Fraioli
• A Reconsideration of Jean Gerson's Attitude toward Joan of Arc in Light of his Views on Popular Devotion--Yelena Mazour-Matusevich
• Jean Gerson, The Shunammite, and the Maid--Brian Patrick McGuire
Joan's Secular Contemporaries
Christine de Pizan's Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc: History, Feminism, and God's Grace--Heather M. Arden
En l'honneur de la Pucelle: Ritualizing Joan the Maid in Fifteenth Century Orléans--Vicki L. Hamblin
Joan as Model
The Princess and the Maid of Orléans: Sculpting Spirituality During the July Monarchy--Nora M. Heimann
Le Triomphe de l'humilite: Thérèse of Lisieux and 'la nouvelle Jeanne'--Denise L. Despres
• Force of Fragility? Simone Weil and Two Faces of Joan of Arc--Ann Piruccello
• She Gets Inside Your Head: Joan of Arc and Contemporary Women's Spirituality--Anne Llewellyn Barstow

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