The 19-year-old saint who defeated England in 15 months, saved her country, crowned its king, and changed history was burned as a heretic. Yet 500 years later, she was canonized and became the patron saint of France. A unique and almost unbelievable story! 192 pgs; PB
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This book was one if not the best book I have ever read.
This exciting biography manages to bring to life the mood of 14th Century France and to give a vivid portrait of 'the Maid' from contemporary accounts, which are always clearly credited. Beevers achieves this without missing the point of Joan's canonisation, so often misconstrued as being due to patriotism or even to some kind of early feminist or anti-establishment streak, with which some always try to retrospectively credit her. After a simple account of what we know of her family life, and riveting detail in the battles and her attempts to reach the Dauphin, Beevers gives an accurate and crystal-clear historical summary of her trials, including much excellent background on the personalities involved. This book makes a wonderful spiritual and historical gift for a teenager, and is scholarly, highly readable and inspiring. It is the perfect choice for those who seek Joan's true story without any ideological trimmings.