Joan of Arc

The author depicts Joan’s remarkable story in this historical novel, from her first experience of hearing sacred voices to her canonization.

Joan of Arc: A Life TransfiguredJoan of Arc
By Kathryn Harrison
Doubleday
Retail Price $28.95
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Book Description: 

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose “voices” moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Dreyer, and Robert Bresson. Was she a divinely inspired saint? A schizophrenic? A demonically possessed heretic, as her persecutors and captors tried to prove?

Every era must retell and reimagine the Maid of Orleans’s extraordinary story in its own way, and in Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, the superb novelist and memoirist Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan for our time—a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage, and self-confidence during a brutally rigged ecclesiastical inquisition and in the face of her death by burning. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.

Review

Joan of Arc is hailed as the maiden prophesised to save France and her courage, dedication, eloquence and martyrdom make her an enduring inspiration. The author depicts Joan’s remarkable story in this historical novel, from her first experience of hearing sacred voices to her canonization. Learn all about Joan of Arc’s childhood in war-torn France; ride with the young warrior into battle after battle and see how she helped a king win his rightful crown; and, find out about her terror-filled final days and how, finally, her reputation was gloriously, posthumously restored.  This was a fascinating read.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

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