From the Back Cover
For many, Joan's constant references to the guidance she received from her visions and voices have proven difficult to accept. This book allows the hero's own words to speak from her Late Medieval trial testimony as the most trustworthy resource for understanding her perceptions, motivations and behavior. Tracing the esoteric elements from these records into the roots of Judeo-Christian culture, they are viewed from a fresh perspective, through the inclusive lens of contemporary cross-cultural mysticism. Readers will discover how and why this seventeen year old girl left her family's hearth in the depth of winter and fearlessly entered the fields of battle that would become her dominion. Marcia Quinn Noren's writing is to be highly commended. Her sentences are forceful, informative, and easy to follow; the paragraphs neatly encompass related subjects; and the whole narrative leads to finely drawn conclusions. Bravo! (Robert Ryal Miller, Ph.D., historian, professor, author of ten books and numerous articles on world history) The author's extensive research on the mystic elements of Joan of Arc's life shows her depth of devotion to this topic. (Ruth-Inge Heinze, Ph.D., Berkeley anthropologist, author of Shamans of the 20th Century)
About the Author
In 1996, following her first visit to France, Marcia Quinn Noren began a full decade of researching the life of Joan of Arc. Setting aside all other writing projects, including an award winning memoir (in progress) and a series of published magazine articles, she returned to the villages and cities, castles and battlefields where this legendary story unfolded. Granted permission to enter and photograph preserved historic sites that are not ordinarily open to the public, her interviews with clerics, historians, museum curators and French citizens provided her with fresh insights. In supporting and interpreting Joan s sworn testimony as trustworthy evidence, the author applies her life-long study of cross-cultural mysticism. In 2002 and 2003, Berkeley anthropologist Ruth Inge-Heinze, Ph.D., published Quinn Noren s first two papers on Joan, under the proceedings of the International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing, held annually at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. Since any study of Joan of Arc mandates an expansive investigation of the social forces at work during the Late Middle Ages, and with literally tens of thousands of religious and secular biographies, novels and poems about Joan already published, the sheer magnitude of effort required by anyone intending to produce another worthy contribution to her historic legacy requires passion, commitment and endurance. The author maintains that her motivation and perseverance came from discovering that the biography she had hoped to find, as she searched for answers to her deepest questions, had not yet been written.