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Joan of Arc is such a fascinating character, it's not surprising that countless books have been written about her. What is surprising is how inept, inadequate, and/or inappropriate most of them are, including this one. The book is visually attractive, thorough, and complete, but the writing is wordy and repetitious, and uses difficult, undefined terms. The maps are helpful-as far as they go-but many places mentioned in the narrative are omitted. There are major discrepancies between the text and chronology, along with other internal inconsistencies. The footnoting is atrocious, with numerous citations so badly distorted from their sources that one has to question the author's scholarship and judgment. Fortunately, Polly Schoyer Brooks's Beyond the Myth (Houghton, 1999) is still in print and is interesting, thoughtful, and exceptionally well written. Jim Whiting's The Life and Times of Joan of Arc (Mitchell Lane, 2005) is serviceable, and William W. Lace's Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War in World History (Enslow, 2003) is detailed but dry.
—Ann W. MooreCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.