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Joan of Arc, born in Domremy in France in 1412, began to hear voices when she was thirteen and, believing they were directives from God, followed them - to the French court, to battle to wrest France from the English in the Hundred Years War, and to defeat and capture. She was put on trial for heresy and, on 30 May 1431, burned at the stake. Even today many people are fascinated by this teenage woman who persuaded her king to believe that she could lead her nation to victory. In the retrial of 1452-6 she was vindicated, but it took almost five hundred years after an English soldier declared 'we have burnt a saint' for the Catholic Church to conclude that she was indeed one. This new book is not merely an account of a life that was cut short; its focus is also on Joan's history, which in 1431 had just begun, and which, the author shows, was influenced just as much by the transformation in Anglo-French relations and by internal politics, issues of freedom and republicanism, and by changes in society regarding secularisation and belief, as by our response to the central issue of Joan's voices themselves.
Posted March 6, 2007
As a new historic reader, I must say this book has some outstanding forums! It historically demonstrates the events based upon actual records and it shows how the fear of God drives one soul to victory even after her death! While reading, it almost puts you in the court room and on the battlefield witnessing her triump over dark forces of england! Timothy Wilson-smith wrote this book very well and I know any Joan of Arc fan would enjoy it! A must read book! While I don't like to much dry dramatics, this book doesn't really have any. It does give circumstances and stories of important key people such as Charles VII and yet it doesn't dig too deep into their life, but focuses souly on Joan and her quest to free france. It also gives first hand accounts of the men who fought along side of her while giving testimony! I didn't fully understand (but always heard of) her full story until I read this book. I'm not sure if this book is with full details of 'all' accounts of the historic records, but it sure will start you off in learning and understanding a true saint for Christ! As a christian, I don't speak a word of french, but all that serve God is a fellow child of the King!
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