Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography

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Written in a straight-forward, concise, and at times humorous manner, Nash-Marshall's Joan of Arc acquaints the reader with a historical character who became a legend during her lifetime legend. Joan is presented to us as a brave young girl who received a mission and who courageously used all of her faculties and gifts to accomplish it. Nash Marshall's approach is refreshingly honest. The narrative is centered on Joan, her mission, her work to fulfill it, her betrayal. The author gives us the facts and allows us...
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Overview


Written in a straight-forward, concise, and at times humorous manner, Nash-Marshall's Joan of Arc acquaints the reader with a historical character who became a legend during her lifetime legend. Joan is presented to us as a brave young girl who received a mission and who courageously used all of her faculties and gifts to accomplish it. Nash Marshall's approach is refreshingly honest. The narrative is centered on Joan, her mission, her work to fulfill it, her betrayal. The author gives us the facts and allows us readers to draw our own conclusions. Lovers of history will find the author's thesis on the connection between the resurgence of France, the betrayal of Joan, and the fall of Byzantium very interesting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824599058
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 804,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Siobhan Nash-Marshall is a professor of philosophy at Manhattanville College where she holds the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy. She has written numerous articles and books in different languages on medieval and contemporary philosophy, on Boethius, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, freedom of will, evil, divine simplicity, metaphysical primitives, and the ontological difference between man and woman. She is currently writing a book on the problem of evil. Professor Nash-Marshall has for years been a champion of both the Armenians and of the need for philosophers to enter the genocide discussion. Along with writing a commentary on the poetry of Taniel Varujan, and writing the inaugural entry on genocide for the Catholic Encyclopedia of Philosophy, she organized the first ever sessions on Armenian culture at the world renowned International Congress of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Western Michigan University, and three conferences on Armenian Culture and the Genocide at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

1. The Inquisitor and the Maid 13
2. Domremy 27
3. From Domremy to Vaucouleurs 41
4. Chinon 55
5. Orleans 69
6. From Jargeau to Meung 81
7. Reims 95
8. Paris 107
9. The Road to Compiegne 117
10. Beaurevoir 127
11. Rouen: The Preamble to the End 135
12. Rouen: The Trial 143
13. Nations Lost and Found 164
Acknowledgments 173
Chronology 174
Notes 178
Bibliography 186
Index 188
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    A sharp historical narrative: excellent!

    While this is not an academic biography, it is certainly distinguishable from superficial survey and chronicle. This is a great short read that doesn't get weighed down in dense prose, excessive analysis or impentrable reflection--but is still a work of deep creative scholarship and serious research. Nash-Marshall addresses her subject with vigor and clarity, and Joan of Arc's story, finally, comes across with a strong and intelligent fluent human narrative. The author organizes the story with great skill and moves deeply into her subject matter and emerges at dramatic conclusions at major points of transition. Very poignant is the fact that this author has been able to make a very deep connection with her subject; an intimate and personal sympathy.Though the author is not sentimental in the truth that she reveals, neither does she deny the spiritual claims of the heart. Equally thrilling, particularly for medieval enthusiasts, is how rich and lively history comes across. No dry brittle stuff here; history seems to explode with currents and countercurrents. History merges with Joan's story and the result is a dynamic historical narrative told through the individual story. A great read for Joan enthusiasts, and particularly for those who don't know where to begin with all the scores of books out there on Joan of Arc. We all need role models, and particularly young people today--and Nash-Marshall offers up one that will survive the encroachment of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    fun, informative, intelligent

    This is a terrific book, written by someone who knows how to engage a reader not just in medieval history, but in the real problems in Joan of Arc's life, mission and quest. Academics are usually dry. This one isn't.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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