Joan of Arc: A Life

Joan of Arc: A Life

by Mary Gordon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143113973
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Series: Penguin Lives Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,207,984
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Gordon, Professor of English at Barnard College, is the bestselling author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. Her books include The Rest of Life, The Other Side and Spending. She lives in New York City.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 8, 1949

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


A.B., Barnard College, 1971; M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Chronological Table     xi
Introduction     xiii
Of Her Time and Place     1
Approaching the Throne     28
Triumphant in Battle, the King's Anointer     47
What Kind of Warrior, What Kind of Defeat?     72
Accused     96
Virgin Body     136
Food for the Feast     148
Saint Joan     166
Notes     175

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Joan of Arc 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Gordon is a masterful storyteller who has gathered an enormous wealth of facts and details that help to create a balanced portrait of Jeanne d'Arc and the times she lived in. No important detail is overlooked, and many fascinating glimpses of fifteenth-century culture and customs are brought to life. Her book is probing and insightful, and it kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Overall, this was a wonderful and fantastic read. My only possible complaint would be that the publishers have not included any illustrations or photographs, but perhaps they will remedy this fault in a future edition. (I would have gladly paid a higher purchase price in order to have been able to buy an illustrated copy of this volume!)
JoannaPA More than 1 year ago
Joan of Arc is my patron Saint and namesake so I have always been interested in reading about her. This book is the first new perspective on Joan's life that I have read in a long time: most read more like a history text book and are nothing new. Mary Gordon tries to get the reader into the mind,character and mystery of this facinating historical and iconic figure in World and Church history and what kept her going and drove her to face her destiny - either because of or inspite of herself. It is an easy read which I liked and will probably read again.
BruderBane on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Not a definitive work on the ¿Maid of Orleans¿, nor was it meant to be, Penguin Lives¿ ¿Joan of Arc¿ by Mary Gordon does a superb job of deconstructing much of the intentional and unintentional iconography involved in studying Joan and her lasting effects on France and its providence. Ms. Gordon portrays her as a simple ¿cowgirl¿ but one who intrinsically understood the power of images and their uses, so much so that she was able to play the part of ¿chef de guerre¿ at a time when women, especially girls, played no such role. However, what intrigued me the most in this mini-bio was Ms. Gordon¿s rendering of Joan as a quixotic figure well over a century before Cervantes¿ character. Unfortunately, Ms. Gordon ends her excellent treatise with a fair share of feminist vitriol, which I found unneeded and unnecessary.
brainella on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I would have given the book a higher rating if it hadn't been for the last chapter. I had no desire to read about all the things ever created using Joan of Arc as the protagonist. Boring. Gordon went a long way in establishing the context surrounding Joan. How Joan fit into society and how that society was created the myth, legend and icon that is Joan of Arc. It very intriguing how an uneducated, religious peasant girl is able to lead the army of France into battle to allow the dauphin Charles to be crowned King. Establishing her place in the larger theatre that was 16th century French politics, religion and royalty is fascinating. Nowhere else could it have happened and had Joan not perished the way she did, she would not be the legend and icon she is. The books is not long, and it can be choppy in places, but it is a different kind of biography. Not one of names, dates and places but of the context and historical significance of an individual.
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Cathytaffy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, which was written out so nicely for being non-fiction. I was completely absorbed and it seemed more like an interesting/fun fiction story. The character and topic of this book being Joan or Arc and her life makes this book such an interesting and exciting read. Joan of Arc was a peasant girl, teenager, knight, martyr, and many symbolic icons. Her life, accomplishments, and what she stands for will continue to awe and inspire. I loved the author,s thoroughness on Joan's life and she did a great job portraying and analyzing the history and meaning of this incredible women. I'd pick up this book again one day for another exciting read and would def recommend it for anyone interested in learning about Joan of Arc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book did give me imformation i didn't know about her, and it probably will give info to others that read it, so i do highly recomend that u read this to learn about her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be interesting, but it turns out that you can't even understand it. I had to do a project for World History and my friend had a different Joan of Arc book and I started to read hers and it was a lot simpiler to understand. The other book was Joan of Arc: In her own words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dis is annoying...I wonder why deh moved....
Guest More than 1 year ago
People who have read more than this book on Joan of Arc probably won't find much to recommend this one.