Helen Castor tells afresh the gripping story of the peasant girl from Domremy who hears voices from God, leads the French army to victory, is burned at the stake for heresy, and eventually becomes a saint. But unlike the traditional narrative, a story already shaped by the knowledge of what Joan would become and told in hindsight, Castor's Joan of Arc: A History takes us back to 15th century France and tells the story forwards. Instead of an icon, she gives us a living, breathing woman confronting the challenges of faith and doubt - a roaring girl who, in fighting the English, was also taking sides in a bloody civil war. We meet this extraordinary girl amid the tumultuous events of her extraordinary world where no one - not Joan herself, nor the people around her (princes, bishops, soldiers, or peasants) - knew what would happen next.
"An unorthodox yet erudite and elegant biography of this 'massive star.'" (Kirkus)
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The Maid of Orleans
- Tad Davis
Very Odd (and Terrible) Narration
I couldn't even get through the first 4 hours, the text was such a slog. I don't mind history, in fact I love it. However, it takes a very good author to bring something as complex and archaic as the 100 years war to life, and this author did not do that well. Worst of all was the narrator, she has a strong accent and some sort of odd lisp that was just terribly distracting.
- Daniel S Morgan