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Joan of Arc: Her Story [Paperback]

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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 1999
Publisher   Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN  0312227302  
EAN  9780312227302  

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In a distinguished English translation by Jeremy duQuesnay Adams from the best-selling French edition, Regine Pernoud and Marie-Veronique Clin's Joan of Arc: Her Story appears for the first time in an edition for an American audience. The story of Joan of Arc has fascinated readers for centuries: As a young girl in rural France, Joan heard the voices of Saints Catherine, Magaret, and Michael telling her that the Dauphin was God's choice for the throne of France. Unquestioningly, Joan left her family to lead the army of the Dauphin against the English and defeated them, thereby putting Charles VII on the throne. From the image of an obscure French peasant girl who led the army of the Dauphin, to the icon of a saint burned at the stake by an English-controlled church, Joan has been a blank slate on which thoasands have written their obssessions, their fears, and their hopes. In Adams's magisterial translation, Pernoud and Clin clear away the myths, allowing modern readers to see Joan as she was. Adams has added a great deal of material not in the original edition, including a new preface and additional entries to the glossary, which provides portraits of the important historical figures that affected Joan, descriptions of the historical occurences and synopses of interpretations of Joan through the ages.

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In an exquisite English translation from the bestselling French edition, "Joan of Arc: Her Story" now appears for American readers. From the French peasant girl who led an army to the icon burned at the stake, Joan has been a blank slate on which thousands have written. Pernoud and Clin clear away the myths so that modern readers can see Joan as she was and include a glossary of important individuals, historical events and interpretations of Joan through the ages. "Joan of Arc: Her Story" is the thrilling life of a woman who obsesses us even to this day.

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Regine Pernoud, a pioneer women's historian, was a member of the French Academy and founder of the Centre Jeanne d'Arc in Orleans.

Marie-Veronique Clin is Director, Museum of the History of Medicine in Paris.

Jeremy Duquesnay Adams is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Regine Pernoud was born in 1909 and died in 1998 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of New Hampshire.

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Excellent biography by renowned historian  Aug 22, 2007
This biography is a great choice for both new students of Saint Joan of Arc as well those already familiar with her story. Régine Pernoud was considered to be one of the great authorities on medieval history and Joan of Arc. She spent her life researching Joan of Arc and being French she was able to utilize all of the original source materials that still exist. Her writing style is straightforward and honest and, most importantly, made heavy use of historical documentation.

The one problem I have with this biography is that it is a little tough to read in places. I think the problem comes from it being a translation. The old phrase "loses something in translation" comes to mind. That said if you can get though the dry parts you will have a great understanding of Saint Joan's life as well as some idea about the people in which she interacted during her life. If you read this book and Pernoud's other great biography, Joan of Arc: By Herself and Her Witnesses, you should come away knowing most of the known history of Saint Joan of Arc.
A ripoff  Jun 10, 2006
I got this book for two reasons: 1) none other than Winston Churchill said that to try to understand the meaning of sainthood one had to read Joan of Arc's trials, and 2) I have become an ardent fan of Regine Pernoud's work. This book disappoints on both fronts: 1) References and quotations from both of Joan's trials are scant, which is truly inexcusable given the wealth of information available, and 2) Mme. Pernoud's incomparably lucid descriptions and illuminating analyses of the Middle Ages are sorely lacking in this book.

The proceedings from both of Joan of Arc's trials have survived almost intact. As a result, there is no other saint (and almost no other historical figure for that matter) of whose life we have such meticulous firsthand documentation. This book gives such shorthrift to coverage of the trials, that one will need to seek elsewhere for a glimpse of Joan's brilliance.

I'd venture to speculate that since this book was published close to Mme. Pernoud's death, she did not have much of a hand in its' writing, but her co-author did. Pernoud's name was left on the cover to capitalize on her prestige, which is why I'm calling this book a ripoff.

If you know absolutely nothing about Joan of Arc you might get something out of this book, but I advise potential readers that a better bet may be Pernoud's other book on Joan of Arc which has no co-authors.
An Excellent Choice  Mar 4, 2006
Regine Pernoud was a rare type of author: equally respected among scholars and laymen. As conservator of the Archives of France she brought a great deal of documentary information within reach of the general public, enhanced by her own impeccable research and insightful analysis. She is remarkably fair to divergent historical theories, yet not shy about calling some ideas patent nonsense and then demonstrating in plain language why they fail to stand up to analysis. Her prose style is witty and sharp, well preserved in this translation, and you may laugh out loud as she deflates a few fringe theories.

I confess a preference for "Joan of Arc by Herself and Her Witnesses" as my favorite Pernoud book. Joan of Arc: Her Story is among Pernoud's final works and the narrative portion is slender. The exceptionally rich indexes are the real treasure. If you've ever looked at Joan of Arc's name and wondered, "Where the heck was Arc?" you'll be surprised and engrossed by the discussion of her name. If you're familiar with the outline of her life and wondered what became of all those other people she encountered, you'll find biographical essays on every significant figure.
A Profound documentary research  Oct 23, 2005
This historical research about one of the most incredible events in human history, establishes its analysis on many authentic documents. We go step by step, accompanied by the relevant papers and letters, through the short tragic history of Jeanne D'arc. This method gives this book a tremendous reliability; the reader feels almost at hand with Jeanne, and as he proceeds reading, he enters deeper and deeper into her soul. By the end, you feel that you have lost a friend, a true person of high spirit and blazing convictions.
An Amazing Story  May 26, 2005
Despite having lived such a short life, much has been written about the life of Joan of Arc. This work presents itself as the superior story of "Joan the Maid", and in many ways it is.

The actual story of Joan of Arc is only about half of the actual text. The remainder is a thorough index of important people in Joan's life with explanations as well as another index of important objects and events in her life with explanations. This is important because the authors often get bogged down in names and details in their storytelling. The indexes serve as a supplemental reference to the main text. Many readers may not be concerned with the siginificance of each character, but those who are interested in these details will be pleased.

Joan of Arc lived a life of devotion to God and to her county. With the turmoil of a war with England that engulfed France, the country seemed destined to fall until a peasant girl stepped to the front. Her devotion to seeing a new king of France crowned saw her overcoming dubious odds. Unfortunately she was unable to see the conflict to its end as she was captured and tried for heresy. Her crime was not blasphemy, but dressing in men's clothes during battle. It was only when she cried out Jesus's named during execution while keeping her waning moments of life focused on a cross that her detractors were able to see that Joan was carrying out a mission from God.

The writing of the story often moves slowly and seems hopelessly stalled by details. While it is an interesting and informative book, it is just not a fun read. I would suggest any person looking for a thorough story of Joan of Arc to obtain a copy of this book.

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