- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (October 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275981037
- ISBN-13: 978-0275981037
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen Richey's enthusiasm for his subject practically leaps off every page."-H-Minerva
"Joan of Arc: The Warrior Saint is one of the very best biographies of this most singular young woman written to date."-Midwest Book Reviews
"This book will be welcomed by those attracted to Joan of Arc's remarkable story and who want to see repeated declarations that Joan was a military leader."-The Journal of Military History
"Although one might wonder why yet another book on Joan of Arc should appear, Stephen Richey's offering does indeed fill a need, for this is Joan as seen not through the eyes of an historian or literary author, but of a modern military-historical researcher who is also a man-at-arms....It is also a very personal book, but unlike others Richey takes care to distinguish his opinions from his factual findings, while meticulously documenting previous research and theories. Yet his discussion is always uery readable and clear....In the end, Richey, like most other Joan scholars, remains in awe of her mystery, yet not without adding significant insight in a manner appealing to scholars and general readers alike."-Arthuriana
"[E]verybody interested in Joan of Arc or military history should read carefully the thorough analysis of how she achieved her victories, which can be extremely useful in order to understand how charisma and personality work on soldiers."-www.deremilitari.org
"This latest rendition of the life of Joan of Arc analyzes the concept of "warrior" (soldier) and how Joan managed to obtain this status. Richey's extensive military career is useful in this analysis of the "what" and "how" of Joan's military career....Richey's attempt to clarify further a much discussed topic is admirable. His military background adds to his analysis of Joan's military career, yet he is forced to conclude that the "how" of Joan of Arc is still a mystery. Nonetheless, Richey's work is a nice addition to those existing about Joan of Arc."-The Sixteenth Century Journal
"ÝE¨verybody interested in Joan of Arc or military history should read carefully the thorough analysis of how she achieved her victories, which can be extremely useful in order to understand how charisma and personality work on soldiers."-www.deremilitari.org
?Stephen Richey's enthusiasm for his subject practically leaps off every page.?-H-Minerva
?Joan of Arc: The Warrior Saint is one of the very best biographies of this most singular young woman written to date.?-Midwest Book Reviews
?This book will be welcomed by those attracted to Joan of Arc's remarkable story and who want to see repeated declarations that Joan was a military leader.?-The Journal of Military History
"Richey's Joan of Arc is not the holy waif of lore. This Joan is vivid, confident, and a leader of men. Richey writes with panache, and the events and leaders of the Hundred Years War emerge as players in a complex web of intrigue, faith, and military strategy. This fascinating account will command the attention of the medieval buff and military expert alike." (Roxanne Easley, Assistant Professor of History, Central Washington University) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Joan of Arc (1412-1431) lived during the hundred year war. Over the years, the English had defeated the French nearly ninety percent of the time. The book opens with a description of the decisive French defeat at Agincourt. The French were never able to profit from their mistakes. Unlike the English who encouraged the peasants to become yeomen and skilled archers, the Frech nobility and knights had nothing but contempt for the peasantry.
Joan of Arc grew up in Domremy in the French Providence of Lorraine. The area around Domremy consisted of a small enclave that was still loyal to the Dauphin Charles, the uncrowned king of France. Joan of Arc grew up in an enviroment that was under constant stress and raids from the English and their Burgundy allies. The town of Domremy was sacked on several occassions and the church burned down.
The single event that made Joan an equal member of the warrior elite was when she took an arrow in her shoulder at Orleans. After the arrow was pulled out, she mounted her horse. Delving into the thick of battle and waving her banner with her uninjured arm, she shouted for one more assault. The French army surged seized the most stategic British stonghold and in one day lifted the English seige of Orleans. At that almost surreal moment, Joan became forever their maid earnig the respect and devotion of the soldiers. In quick succession, the French captured several towns along the Loire River and decisively defeated the British forces at Patay.
The present-day United States Army lists principles of war as objective, offensive, maneuver, mass economy of force, unity of command surprise, security and simplicity. The author makes a case that Joan accomplished all these objectives plus instilling a high sense of morale. She discouraged plundering of captured cities and was very compassionate to her defeated foes. Joan understood the placement of artillary. The author suggests that the men who operated the seige guns were skilled technicians drawn from the lower classes and these were the people who Joan could relate to. Of course, Joan transcended all socio-economic classes and had the respect and love of the peasantry as well as most aristocrats.
I think the most interesting aspect was the author's discription of how Joan turned her feminine qualities, that are perceived as weaknesses, into inspiration and strength. Joan was extremly intelligent; and although an uneducated peasant girl, she could hold her own with the most learned church authorities. She never loss her cool under stress. The author speculates that she had exceptional physical strength and if she lived today would probably be a world class athelete.
I highly recommend this book because Joan of Arc is one of the most remarkable individual to ever live. In these challenging times, she should be an inspiration to all of us. She had all the virtues of hope, faith, love, courage, prudence, justice, and temperance.
Well done Mr. Richey!