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Joan of Arc: A Military Leader

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A world authority on warfare in the Middle Ages offers a fresh insight into the military skills of the young girl who led the French Army to victory In 1428 a young girl from a small French village approached the royal castle of Vaucouleurs with a now famous tale. Heavenly voices, she said, had told her to seek out the Dauphin, Charles, so that he might give her an army with which to deliver France from its English occupiers. The ensuing tale of Joan's military success is told here in a gripping ...

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Overview

A world authority on warfare in the Middle Ages offers a fresh insight into the military skills of the young girl who led the French Army to victory In 1428 a young girl from a small French village approached the royal castle of Vaucouleurs with a now famous tale. Heavenly voices, she said, had told her to seek out the Dauphin, Charles, so that he might give her an army with which to deliver France from its English occupiers. The ensuing tale of Joan's military success is told here in a gripping and authoritative narrative. Previous works have concentrated on the religious and feminist aspects of Joan's career; this is the first to address the vital issue of what it was that made her the heroine she became. Why did the soldiers of France follow a woman into battle when no troops of the Hundred Years War had done so before, and how was she able to win? This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Middle Ages and the phenomenon of the girl warrior.

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"Immensely readable . . . should be welcomed by general and academic readers alike."  —Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752460611
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 884,299
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Devries is an historian specializing in warfare of the Middle Ages. His books include Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century and Medieval Military Technology. He has been featured on the History Channel, and is a history professor at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    A great read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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