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Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent 12 years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides: the French, for whom she raised an army to return the Dauphin to the throne; and the English, who fought the French in the Hundred Year's War and were ultimately Joan's executioners. This is a fascinating and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-01-07

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

Hands down: This is the MOST comprehensive work on the life of Joan of Arc. Mark Twain knew his subject matter inside and out when he wrote this biography. Without a doubt, I would recommend this title to anyone who is interested in this subject. An excellent listen at 16 hrs. or any amount of time!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Number Cruncher on 12-25-07

Twain's best

Mark Twain considered Joan of Arc to be the best human our world ever produced. His great admiration shines through and can't help but inspire the reader as well. Although the story takes some fanciful flights, it is a marvelous and amazing recounting of a peasant girl leading a nation to freedom. Since French independence was so pivotal to the American revolution, it is a part of our own history. It is a reflection of the best in human nature.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MRM on 01-23-15

superb book but dodgy recording

The book is very good but the recording is poor. At times you are told to change cassettes and you can hear other voices faintly in the background. The narrator's french is a bit wonky too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-09-16

Great

What did you like most about Joan of Arc?

Great historical reference for any who are interested in learning more about the life of Joan of Arc. One of the most comprehensive accounts I've heard, and this particular audio rendition is top quality. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By LYNDA CLARISSA on 01-23-17

France: Be proud if such a one as Joan of Arc

A story from the middle ages of courage & dark betrayel accurately & excellently retold ♡

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