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"Larissa Juliet Taylor seeks the Joan of Arc who actually lived. It is a stunning portrayal rarely encountered. Joan is intelligent, strong, articulate, and above all inspirational. If you have been looking for one book that explains how this remarkable teenage girl could accomplish all that she achieved, then this is it." - Mack P. Holt, author of The French Wars of Religion

(Mack P. Holt)

"Larissa Juliet Taylor has written a fresh and provocative biography of La Pucelle by emphasizing her transformation from a naive girl to a strong-willed, bold, and gifted captain of war who imposed her will on a kingdom and on history. This is an absorbing book that is almost impossible to put down." - Frederic J. Baumgartner, author of France in the Sixteenth Century

(Frederic J. Baumgartner)

"This fine biography brings Joan fully to life not as a symbol for other eras but as a remarkable flesh and blood woman, who shaped her country and her times." - Keith P. Luria, North Carolina State University

(Keith P. Luria)

"Larissa Juliet Taylor goes deep into Joan of Arc's heart and soul and shows us the maiden, the warrior and the heroine. She brings fourteenth century France to teeming, vibrant life and tells Joan's story with true sensitivity. Fascinating." - Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen
(Kate Williams)

‘An admirably nuanced, critical biography, which, in its straightforward approach to the sources, serves as a necessary corrective to much current scholarship…Taylor uses original and hitherto unexploited source material to great effect.’—Brenda Bolton, Church Times
(Brenda Bolton Church Times 2009-11-27)

"Taylor succeeds in producing a clear and exceptionally accessible biography. When she describes how 'The subtleties of court politics... were lost on Joan, pieces of a puzzle she never figured out. She heard what she wanted to hear, that the king would no longer make truces with Burgundy and that she would be able to take the fight to them' (p. 113), the reader cannot help but think that this portrait of Joan is an authentic one."—David J. Hay, The Journal of Military History
(David J. Hay Journal of Military History 2009-01-01)

"By providing a straightforward narrative of Joan's life, reliant primarily upon English-language sources, Taylor orients this book towards a general audience. By attempting to make sense of this life and, in doing so, to make it less strange, she renders the book of interest to scholarly readers."—Karen Sullivan, Renaissance Quarterly
(Karen Sullivan Renaissance Quarterly)

‘Larissa Juliet Taylor succeeds in presenting Joan differently…not simply as a saint in the making which is what many previous biographers have done…This account however is a clear, concise and illuminating one, which goes some way to present Joan in a more human light.’ — Belinda Webb, Tribune
(Belinda Webb Tribune 2010-03-12)

'An extraordinary story that is here told with understanding, sympathy, and authority.' — Contemporary Review
(Contemporary Review 2010-07-01)

". . . fresh points and analysis derived from many years of in-depth research and even more pondering. . . . [Joan's] story will doubtlessly continue to be told. But few will tell it as well as Larissa Taylor has."—Kelly DeVries, Speculuma Journal of Medieval Studies
(Kelly DeVries Speculuma Journal of Medieval Studies)

About the Author

Larissa Juliet Taylor is Professor of History at Colby College. She is the author of the award-winning Soldiers of Christ: Preaching in Late Medieval and Reformation France and Heresy and Orthodoxy in Sixteenth Century Paris.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Paperback Edit edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300168950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300168952
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pucelle on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a former student of Larissa's, I am excited to finally see her Joan book in print. She's a great writer and historian.

This is a read for anyone who likes medieval history - religious or military, those interested in the history of a saint, and just about everyone else. Unless you like boring saints, read it. The historical Joan of Arc was a more brilliant girl than you can imagine. It's a fascinating story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By YA Librarian on May 13, 2010
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Joan was an interesting woman who lived in a fascinating time. There have been so many books about her that its difficult to understand who she really was. Dr. Taylor provides a new view of Joan.

For those who believe Joan was a saint who heard "heavenly voices" then they may want to steer clear of this book. Dr. Taylor does everything in her power to disprove divine intervention. This doesn't make the book bad or wrong, but for those looking for a book about Joan and her faith they may want to look elsewhere.

Dr. Taylor does not paint Joan as a crazy woman who hears voices because she is a schizophrenic. So, those looking for that type of explanation should keep on looking.

What the author does do is tell the reader that Joan was a strong willed girl who was in the right place at the right time. Joan was groomed to become "The Maid" by those around her. Those at court sought to make her out to become the prophesied warrior because, well why not? I'm not sure I agree with the author's assessment. It seemed like the creation of Joan was a carefully constructed plan. They needed their Virgin Warrior and Joan fit that.

The author tries to explain everything that happened to Joan as if she is just the average person. For instance, when she tells a soldier to move because he will be hit with a cannon ball, and then one falls in the same spot he was standing its taken as no big deal. When she says that she will only last a year(her mission) it's brushed off as no great revelation. But during her trial when Joan is able to outwit her accusers it's all chalked up to Joan being an creative, sarcastic peasant girl.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By toronto on December 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Taylor's book is quite a good book: it is a good guide to Joan's life and the trial, etc. I particularly liked the maps and discussion of the relief of Orleans, and the general narrative. Also, the pivotal role of clothing (signs of male, female, heresy, etc.) is stressed in a way I had not considered before, and makes one think about the symbolism and gender issues in interesting ways.

What the book lacks is any real reference to the religious dimension of Joan's life -- it is as if the author finds the whole thing implausible or not very interesting or untrue. She never really deals with the CERTAINTY Joan showed throughout that she was guided by voices -- the one thing that kept her going. And why did the voices specify the salvation of France? What possessed her? It is all still a mystery and a puzzle. Reading the transcripts (as I have done in part) is astonishing (we could have had more of them here), challenging, inspiring. There is therefore a kind of emotional distancing from the extraordinary claims Joan was making and the complex, disconcerting, issue of how to deal with a saint through the institution of a Church. (There is not much doubt that they would have crucified Jesus had he appeared before the theologians of Paris). That dimension of the book is missing -- it should have been brought up, even if it was dismissed. Was Joan part of the extraordinary arrival of the voice of women in the 14th and 15th centuries (the Netherlands is not that far away?) And the reaction of many of the actors in the trial is very, very interesting: you can see that Joan messed them up. These were not unsophisticated men: they were very learned, and understood very well that the English were in charge, and yet they sweated blood over what they were up to.

It's a good book: but it isn't a spiritual biography -- I don't mean a hagiography, but a spiritual biography of a woman, who whatever else she was, was driven by her deep faith in God.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Ihrig on December 22, 2009
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The birth of Joan of Arc at Domremy in 1412 found France in desperate straits. England and France have been at war for nearly a hundred years. The English scored a decisive victory at Agincourt in 1415. The French King Charles VI descends into madness. The Queen has an affair with the king's brother, Louis of Orleans. The King's cousin, John the Fearless of Burgandy is the richest person in France. John has Louis of Orleans assassinated and forms an alliance with the English. Under the terms of the Treaty of Troyes, Charles VII the heir to the French Throne is disinherited. King Henry of England marries the daughter of the French King. This marriage should pave the way for him to be King of France and England.

Joan has a deep love for God. Her friends tease her for being too pious. As a child, Joan has a reputation for generosity and would sometimes go hungrey rather than see someone starve. Joan begins to hear divine voices. She succeeds in dissolving a marriage contract and is determined to remain a virgin. She witnesses the lawlessness sweeping through the countryside. Her family is forced to flee Domremy when the town is sacked. Joan's beloved church is burned down.

Joan goes to Vaucouleurs and after great difficulty convinces the local commander to provide her with an escort to have an audiance with the dauphin, the future king of France. Much of the three hundred mile journey to see the dauphin is through enemy territory.

The author, Larissa Taylor does an excellent job in filling in the details of a remarkable woman. Professor Taylor would ask her students their impression of Joan. Her students often gave fairy tale responses while others describe Joan as being schizophrenic, and psychologically diluded.
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