The Virgin Warrior

The Virgin Warrior

The Life and Death of Joan of Arc

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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.



Baker & Taylor
Casts the life of Joan of Arc into historical context, arguing that the young peasant who led the French army to battle lived in a superstitious and spiritual time, and reveals the resolve she held in the face of political defiance.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780300114584
Branch Call Number: 944.026 TAY
Characteristics: xxv, 251 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,25 cm.

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Dimmu16 Feb 23, 2012

This book was a lifesaver for me, It gave me everything I needed for my Joan of Arc report at school! If you ever have a huge project on Joan of Arc, I recomend this book!

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Dimmu16 Feb 23, 2012

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Dimmu16 Feb 23, 2012

There is enough description on her life that you think the author was there!

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