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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Scarborough House; 1st edition (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812812603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812812602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One feels closer to Joan in these pages than in any modern biographies. (Saturday Review)

This is historical biography as it should be written....The author used the letters, chronicles, and testimony at Joan's trial, to thrust the legendary aspects of this young girl's life into the background and create an alive, believable human being. (Library Journal)

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Text: English, French (translation)

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If you're a history buff this is the book for you!
Forest J. Handford
THIS book, on the other hand is a paring down of Joan's life and story, keeping it's retelling to Joan's own words and those of the people who knew her.
"granvier"
I was amazed by this because I pretty much dislike most non-fiction books.
Grace

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on July 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Joan of Arc by Herself and Her Witnesses
Regine PERNOUD, _Joan of Arc by Herself and Her Witnesses_. Translated by Edward Hyams. Lanham, MD: Scarborough House 1994 (reissue of 1964 original). 287 pp., with index and plates. ISBN: 0-8128-1260-3 (pb).
This book is a biographical monograph by French Joan of Arc specialist Regine Pernoud. She first published it in 1964 and it has remained in print since then. The book opens with a background-setting introduction describing the geopolitical realities of royal succession in France in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, national division through civil war, and the contending forces and their allies. Nine substantial chapters comprise the main text. They cover JoanÕs early years (chapter 1); her vision and quest (chapter 2); her meeting with Dauphin Charles VII and the aftermath (chapter 3); her military campaigns (beginning with the crucial battle that lifted the English/Burgundian siege of Orleans, and concluding with CharlesÕ coronation at Rheims, chapters 4-6); her politico-religious trial of condemnation (ch. 7), her execution by fire (ch. 8); and her posthumous trial of rehabilitation (ch. 9).
The authorÕs narrative method is to present JoanÕs life and the events she inspired and lived through using extracts of testimony from her trials of condemnation and rehabilitation and from other primary sources (examples are: letters, journals and account books). Pernoud proposes on page 8 to Ò...let the historic documents themselves make answerÓ to questions about Joan, what she did and what was done to her. By this method, Joan is made to speak directly to readers.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2000
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People who don't study history at the university level rarely get to glimpse how professional historians work. Regine Pernoud offers a superb example here.
Each chapter begins with a short essay describing the major debates about some aspect of Joan of Arc's life, followed by excerpts from original sources. Pernoud invites the reader to reach his or her own conclusions. The material is well chosen and Pernoud's overviews are balanced. The result is a truly challenging experience--about as close as the average person can come to meeting the real Joan of Arc.
Only those who demand a straightforward narrative will find this approach disappointing. The available material does place a few limitations on the work. Only topics with ample original sources get coverage here, so readers will learn much more about Joan of Arc's trial than about her military career. Pernoud also chooses to paraphrase later historical interpretations, so readers won't encounter these controversies directly. These drawbacks are minor and probably unavoidable in a short work intended for a popular audience.
This innovative little book may be the best single volume in history for the general reader.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Ramona Denton on August 22, 2001
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Regine Pernoud is an expert on Joan of Arc, and makes you feel almost like YOU know her too. I laughed. I cried. The telling of the story from Joan's own words and the testimony of those who knew her puts this book on the top of my list.
I liked it better than Pernoud's book, "Joan of Arc: Her Story," but it's not quite as comprehensive. Both are excellent books, but I rate this title a little higher.
If you really want to feel like you walked with Joan, read Mark Twain's fictional diary, "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc," told from the point of view of her childhood friend-later-scribe. One of the greatest reads of my life! A Book that really changed my perspective on a lot of things.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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I found this book at a used store in hardback and since I did not know much about her other than the school lessons I decided to give it a try. I guess by nature I am a skeptic, but in reading this book I feel very sure that St. Joan was empowered from God. I think the author did a wonderful job of just staying out of it. The book was well put together and free of his opinions on the matter, he let St. Joan speak. I was lucky enough to find an early edition in excellent shape and this has become my favorite non-fiction book. Give this a book a chance it will reward you in many ways.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "granvier" on October 31, 1999
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This book by St. Joan's most celebrated Biographer, is a much more linear retelling of her story than the previous, but brilliant book by the same Author (with others) JOAN OF ARC: HER STORY. That book, is where you can end your research since it contains all the historical references you will ever need. THIS book, on the other hand is a paring down of Joan's life and story, keeping it's retelling to Joan's own words and those of the people who knew her. Strangely, although there are so many legends about Joan, much more is known about her and her actions via documents and church records than is really known about Jesus Christ or even Julias Caesar. That is to say, what we have heard about Joan can be tested against Historical duments, what we know about Jesus and Caesar really cannot since no one in their lifetime actually wrote much down. Such is not the Case with Joan. Oddly, much of her short life was documented even though it would be almost three hundred years before Joan Disciples would even go looking for that information. Joan of Arc was not celebrated as a Great Heroine of France until then. This book will give you a good introduction to her marvelous life. However, if your interest runs deeper and you can handle a much heavier book, look for other works by this author and you won't be disappointed.
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