The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc

The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc

by Larissa Juliet Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300168950

ISBN-13: 9780300168952

Pub. Date: 10/12/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

France’s great heroine and England’s great scourge: whether a lunatic, a witch, a religious icon, or a skilled soldier and leader, Joan of Arc’s contemporaries found her as extraordinary and fascinating as the legends that abound about her today. But her life has been so endlessly cast and recast that we have lost sight of the remarkable girl

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France’s great heroine and England’s great scourge: whether a lunatic, a witch, a religious icon, or a skilled soldier and leader, Joan of Arc’s contemporaries found her as extraordinary and fascinating as the legends that abound about her today. But her life has been so endlessly cast and recast that we have lost sight of the remarkable girl at the heart of it—a teenaged peasant girl who, after claiming to hear voices, convinced the French king to let her lead a disheartened army into battle. In the process she changed the course of European history.

In The Virgin Warrior, Larissa Juliet Taylor paints a vivid portrait of Joan as a self-confident, charismatic and supremely determined figure, whose sheer force of will electrified those around her and struck terror into the hearts of the English soldiers and leaders. The drama of Joan’s life is set against a world where visions and witchcraft were real, where saints could appear to peasants, battles and sieges decided the fate of kingdoms and rigged trials could result in burning at the stake.  Yet in her short life, Joan emboldened the French soldiers and villagers with her strength and resolve.  A difficult, inflexible leader, she defied her accusers and enemies to the end.  From her early years to the myths and fantasies that have swelled since her death, Taylor teases out a nuanced and engaging story of the truly irresistible "ordinary" girl who rescued France.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300168952
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,231,985
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

Chronology

Prologue: The Hundred Years War

Ch. 1 Jehannette 1

Ch. 2 The Mission 18

Ch. 3 The Making of the Maid 38

Ch. 4 The Siege of Orleans 51

Ch. 5 "She Would Only Last a Year" 74

Ch. 6 The King and the Maid 92

Ch. 7 Captivity 114

Ch. 8 Judging the Maid 130

Ch. 9 From Fear of the Fire 153

Ch. 10 Vindication 172

Epilogue: "That Astonishing and Marvelous Maid" 183

Appendix A The Immediate Family of Joan of Arc 191

Appendix B The Sources 192

Appendix C Witnesses Interviewed 201

Appendix D Principal Characters 203

Abbreviations 214

Notes 215

Further Reading 240

Index 243

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