Joan of Arc: The Early Debate

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Joan of Arc arrived at the French court claiming to be sent by God to come to the aid of the dauphin Charles. Most studies of Joan focus on her political expediency, but the starting point of this book is her assertion that she was sent by God: it is the first real exploration of the application of the Catholic doctrine of discretio spirituum (the discernment of spirits) to her case, and of her reception as a visionary woman. The author examines contemporary theological documents which show genuine debate about ...
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Overview

Joan of Arc arrived at the French court claiming to be sent by God to come to the aid of the dauphin Charles. Most studies of Joan focus on her political expediency, but the starting point of this book is her assertion that she was sent by God: it is the first real exploration of the application of the Catholic doctrine of discretio spirituum (the discernment of spirits) to her case, and of her reception as a visionary woman. The author examines contemporary theological documents which show genuine debate about Joan's mission and whether she was diabolically or divinely inspired, also taking into account the two major literary works dealing with her, Christine de Pizan's Ditie de Jehanne d'Arc and Martin Le Franc's Le champion des dames, as well as Joan's own letter to the English. Appendices offer translations of pertinent Latin and French texts. Professor DEBORAH FRAIOLI teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Simmons College, Boston.
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With this dense and intricate book Fraioli has done an immense service to anyone interested in Joan of Arc. She skillfully disentangles countless textual threads, all centered around one problem: the nature of Joan's mission as it was examined in the early theological debates... A thorough and timely book. MYSTICS QUARTERLY For readers pondering how it was possible for a 17-year-old girl to persuade her king and his entourage that she was sent by God to lead their party into battle...(this) will be a welcome resourse. SPECULUM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851158808
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/4/2002
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,031,876
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
1 Chinon and the Gelu Correspondence 5
2 De quadam puella 24
3 The Poitiers Conclusions 45
4 Prophecy 55
5 Lettre aux Anglais 69
6 The Dissertatio of Jacques Gelu 87
7 Christine de Pizan's Ditie de Jehanne d'Arc 103
8 De mirabili victoria 126
9 Collectarium historiarum 150
10 Reply of a Parisian Cleric 159
11 Martin Le Franc's Le champion des dames 173
Conclusions 193
Appendix I De quadam puella 199
Appendix II The Poitiers Conclusions 206
Appendix III Lettre aux Anglais 208
Appendix IV De mirabili victoria 209
Appendix V Martin Le Franc's Le champion des dames (Joan of Arc passage) 213
Bibliography 219
Index 228
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