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Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography (Lives & Legacies) [Hardcover]

By Siobhan Nash-Marshall (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Crossroad General Interest
ISBN  0824523504  
EAN  9780824523503  

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Joan of Arc is one of the most enigmatic figures of history, and interest in the eccentric French maiden has never ceased since she was burned at the stake in 1431. Siobhan Nash-Marshall tells her lively story, and interprets her life from the spiritual point of view. She traces Joan's life as the response to a vocation, which created unheard of personal attraction and power. From grown soldiers to the king of France, the mighty of her time followed her orders, believable today only bacause Joan's trial is extraordinarily well documented.

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Written in a straight-forward, concise, and at times humorous manner, Nash-Marshall's "Joan of Arc" acquaints the reader with a historical character who became a legend during her lifetime legend. Joan is presented to us as a brave young girl who received a mission and who courageously used all of her faculties and gifts to accomplish it. Nash Marshall's approach is refreshingly honest. The narrative is centered on Joan, her mission, her work to fulfill it, her betrayal. The author gives us the facts and allows us readers to draw our own conclusions. Lovers of history will find the author's thesis on the connection between the resurgence of France, the betrayal of Joan, and the fall of Byzantium very interesting.

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More About Siobhan Nash-Marshall

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Siobhan Nash-Marshall is a professor of philosophy at Manhattanville College where she holds the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy. She has written numerous articles and books in different languages on medieval and contemporary philosophy, on Boethius, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, freedom of will, evil, divine simplicity, metaphysical primitives, and the ontological difference between man and woman. She is currently writing a book on the problem of evil. Professor Nash-Marshall has for years been a champion of both the Armenians and of the need for philosophers to enter the genocide discussion. Along with writing a commentary on the poetry of Taniel Varujan, and writing the inaugural entry on genocide for the Catholic Encyclopedia of Philosophy, she organized the first ever sessions on Armenian culture at the world renowned International Congress of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Western Michigan University, and three conferences on Armenian Culture and the Genocide at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota.

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Joan of Arc,: A Spiritual Biography  Aug 14, 2006
This book allowed you to connect with the essence of Joan of Arc where you could feel what was going on around her. It was informative and factual and at the same time gave you a glimpse into her spirituality and the forces that drove her.
I enjoyed the book very much.
Mostly Military  Dec 31, 2000
Nash-Marshall offers a quickly read, introductory book on Joan of Arc in the same history-and-meditation format at Mary Gordon's for Penguin. Most of the meditation is in the last two chapters, some of it a bit weird. The author believes that the source of Joan's power must have been God, because if Joan had been the source of her own power she would have found a way to escape from prison in Rouen. Nash-Marshall's Joan is a "doer" and an "energetic warrior," in seeming disagreement with the Chapu marble Joan in repose on the book jacket (see p. 168). Typos ("Crepy" for the big battle at "Crecy") and curious sentences like the one in which Joan convinced soldiers to "live without the female attachments to which medieval armies were assuaged" suggest some of the difficulties with this book.
Finally,a story teller opf whose clarity and understanding are the equal of her poetry. Certainly the entertaiment value of Ms Nash Marshall's "Spiritual Biography" of Joan of Arc will have its place,and won't leave anything of the bitter after taste of one who spends his time passing his time... but the life and case of Maid Joan, as told here, brings us something lasting. The author reveasls the master hand of the historian as she tells of the times and situation of the pulcelle of Domremy. Her tale leaves us with an exquisite background to our own age... how much more easily is the utopianism of our days to be seen as the dismal failure that it is... as well as the catastrophic attempts of the collectivists, with their socialism and communism and whatever... in the light of the idea brought to us today by a 17 years old farmer girl who knew, similarly in an age of little faith, that her nation might have a sacred cause, if it would only accept it, and be able to live the human, the holy life by it.

We live without the light of a maid who believed and was sure of the fact.

Congratulations, and thank you, Ms. Nash-Marshall. Our world, we hope, will be a less vague and frightening place for your recalling the work of Joan.

Sonia, Gaia & Sophie

A marvelous first book about Joan of Arc  Feb 23, 2000
A relatively short biography -"Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography" by Siobhan Nash-Marshall is a marvelous first book for someone wanting to read about Joan of Arc. It is not as intimidating as some of the larger tomes. While reverential, it is not, as the title might suggest, unquestioning in its acceptance of a divine origin of Joan's mission. It is intelligent, entertaining and easy to read.

I am not a scholar but the book looks solidly researched and no errors jumped out at me. Ms. Nash-Marshall's theme is that Joan is a "questor". Her success was due to the extraordinarily intense focus she had on her mission to the exclusion of all else. Joan believed down to the very core of her being that her mission was from God and that her voices were of divine origin. The book is a good solid well-written account of what we know of Joan. The last chapter offers an intriguing premise I had not seen before. It first dealt with the question why it might be important to God for France to be a nation and to reinforce the divine origin of the French crown. This assumes Joan's mission was a success and God's plans for France and Europe generally came to pass.

As we all know Joan was betrayed. Perhaps small shortsighted men thwarted God's real plans. I think the book offers another interpretation of what God's plan might have been. The Hundred Years war drained much of the energy of Western Christendom to aid Constantinople. The author states: "The Hundred Years' War ended in the very same year that Constantinople fell. In 1453, one nation was saved and one perished." What if a France under Joan's banner had been victorious and ended the war in France and against England. In the early 1440s, John VIII, emperor of Constantinople tried to bring about an end to the Great Schism. He went to Florence and at the end of a council there decreed that the Eastern Church give its oath of obedience to Rome. The author writes: "He had, he felt, done his part. The West would have to fight to protect its own kindred in faith. And what ensued is one of the most tragic episodes in our history. The West did virtually nothing." If The Hundred Years' war had ended between these two great powers of the West in the 1430s, could they not have saved Byzantium from the Turks, ended the Great Schism, resulting in an invigorated and more diverse Church? A stronger more diverse church might not have been so insecure and frightened of heretics and both the horrors of the Inquisition and the Christian civil wars of the Reformation might not have been. Nash-Marshall points out that two years before she died; Joan invited the English to participate in a crusade:

"You, Duke of Bedford, the Maid begs and requires of you that you discontinue the destruction. If you grant her right, you may still come into her company where the French shall do the greatest feat of arms that was ever done for Christianity . . . "

As if the tragedy for that young girl was not enough, Ms. Nash-Marshal implies that the implications to Christianity of what they did to that child of God in Rouen are enormous. Her mission had just begun . . . " . . . the French shall do the greatest feat of arms that was ever done for Christianity . . . "

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If I could give 10 stars I would  Feb 13, 2000
I have read just about every book out there on Joan of Arc and this is by far the best, at least in terms of a book for the popular reader, and it's about time. Marshall's book is a succinct, intelligent, and lively read, mixed with a sharp wit and punchy sensibility. (This from an academic noless.)And if you're looking for an exhaustive and thoroughly academic study of Joan, then any of Pernoud's books you'll want to pick up. But if you're looking for a good and thorough book on Joan for the general reader, and one that cuts through all the ridiculous (but fascinating nonetheless) mythologizing and romanticizing of her, and which offers a fresh and realistic point of view, then you'll definitely want to buy this book. Marshall knows how to cut to the chase but without diminishing any of the excitment or extraordinariness of Joan's remarkable story and short life. A must read for anyone interested in Joan of Arc. And, unusually, I might add, a read that should be of interest not just to the general reader, but even those esoteric "highbrows."

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