Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic who Became a Saint  -     By: Donald Spoto
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Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic who Became a Saint

HarperOne / 2008 / Paperback

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Since her death at the age of nineteen in 1431, Joan of Arc has maintained a remarkable hold on our collective imagination. She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men into battle as a courageous warrior. Yet she was also abandoned by the king whose coronation she secured, betrayed by her countrymen, and sold to the enemy. In this meticulously researched landmark biography, Donald Spoto captures her astonishing life and the times in which she lived. Neither wife nor nun, queen nor noblewoman, philosopher nor stateswoman, Joan of Arc demonstrates that everyone who follows their heart has the power to change history.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0061189189
ISBN-13: 9780061189180
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Since her death at the age of nineteen in 1431, Joan of Arc has maintained a remarkable hold on our collective imagination. She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men in to battle as a courageous warrior. Yet she was also abandoned by the king whose coronation she secured, betrayed by her countrymen, and sold to the enemy. In this meticulously researched landmark biography, Donald Spoto captures her astonishing life and the times in which she lived. Neither wife nor nun, queen nor noblewoman, philosopher nor stateswoman, Joan of Arc demonstrates that everyone who follows their heart has the power to change history.

Author Bio

Donald Spoto has written two dozen bestselling biographies of film and theater stars—among them Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Ingrid Bergman, and Marilyn Monroe. Born in Westchester County, near New York City, he now lives in Denmark.

Endorsements

"I have never read a biography that affected me so deeply as a Catholic or as a woman." —Sr. Joan Chittister

"A magnificent introduction to one of the most misunderstood and controversial of all the saints." —James Martin, SJ

Author Bio

A prolific and respected biographer and theologian, Donald Spoto is the author of twenty published books, among them bestselling biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, and Ingrid Bergman. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Spoto earned his Ph.D. in theology at Fordham University. After years as a theology professor, he turned to full-time writing. The Hidden Jesus: A New Life, published in 1999, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "offering a mature faith fit for the new millennium." His successful biography of Saint Francis was published in 2002. The author lectures worldwide on important topics such as theology, the arts, and social issues.

Publisher Description

During the tumultuous Hundred Years' War between England and France, a teenage peasant girl followed her heart and helped save a nation. A vision from God, received in her parents' garden, instructed her to take up arms and help restore the kingdom of France. Without consulting her family, Joan left home on one of the most remarkable personal quests in history. As a young girl in a world of men, she faced unimaginable odds, yet her belief in her mission propelled her forward. Within months Joan was directing soldiers and bravely fighting for her nation. Before long she had become a national hero and was the guest of honor at her king's coronation. Yet fame ultimately became her undoing. The English shrewdly realized that Joan's demise and defamation would disgrace France and provide a more direct route to victory. Captured in war, Joan became a pawn in one of the longest and bloodiest wars in history.

Editorial Reviews

“A fresh and definitive biography in the context of Joan of Arc’s times.”
“Donald Spoto is one of the best biographers in the world today. “
“Spoto’s new biography is like bringing reality TV into a 15th century courtroom . . .a stunning miscarriage of justice.”
“A magnificent introduction to one of the most misunderstood and controversial of all the saints.”
“A worthy contribution to a renewed understanding of a figure who still speaks to today’s realities.”
“[An] engaging, and at times gripping, biography.”
“I have never read a biography that affected me so deeply as a Catholic or as a woman.”
“Thought provoking and very readable… Joan’s story is significant and should be retold….”
“…a lively, accessible book …with a cogent discussion of faith, mystery and early church politics.”
“[Spoto] approaches his subject with the sophistication of a historian and the admiration of a true believer.”
“Spoto is a surprisingly apt biographer for [Joan] ….”

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