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Kelly DeVries was born and raised in Utah, with only a two-year stint in Hawaii separating him from that western US state.
At age 19, he was called to serve in Belgium as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), and it was from that time on that his interests became European, principally medieval European. It was perhaps as he sat on the grounds of the twelfth-century Castle of the Counts of Flanders in Ghent, when these interests became military, particularly military technology. After returning to Utah, he graduated with a BA in Medieval Studies from Brigham Young University and then proceeded to acquire a MA and PhD in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. While in graduate school he also reviewed movies for the independent student newspaper and worked with Warner Bros. Pictures to publicize their movies on Toronto University and college campuses. Graduating with a PhD in 1987, Kelly taught in the history departments of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now University), the University of British Columbia, Wilfrid Laurier University (in Waterloo, Ontario), and, finally, at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is currently Associate Professor of History.
Kelly DeVries has continued to travel widely in Europe and the United States, researching, writing, and speaking on military history and military technology. In the last couple of years, he has lectured in Boston, New York, Washington (DC), Baltimore, Cleveland, Cambridge (MA), Rochester, Urbana (IL), University College (PA), Kalamazoo (MI), Plattesville (WI), Lisbon, Budapest, London, Leeds, Swansea, and Bath. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Royal Armouries in England (funded by the US National Science Foundation). He is the author of three books--Medieval Military Technology (Broadview Press, 1992); Infantry Warfare in the Fourteenth Century: Discipline, Tactics, and Technology (The Boydell Press, 1996), and The Norwegian Invasion of England in 1066 (The Boydell Press, 1999)--and more than 25 articles on medieval military history and technology. He is also an avid photographer, whose photos have been published in Time-Life Books. He is married to an incredibly understanding wife, Barbara Middleton, and has three children, Beth, Michael, and Catie, six cats, and a dog.
|List of Illustrations & Maps|
|2||Why Joan of Arc Was Needed||8|
|3||A Military Mission?||31|
|4||Relieving the Siege of Orleans||54|
|5||Cleaning Up the Loire||97|
|6||The Road to Reims||122|
|7||The Decline of a Military Leader||135|
|8||The End of a Military Leader||156|
Posted January 27, 2000
I never thought of Joan of Arc as a military leader. But, after reading this book, I realize that she was more than a religious girl - she actually turned the tide of the Hundred Years War. No one will really know how she did it, but this book comes the closest I have seen to explaining what she did.
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