In a distinguished English translation by Jeremy duQuesnay Adams from the best-selling French edition, Regine Pernoud and Marie-Veronique Clin's Joan of Arc: Her Story appears for the first time in an edition for an American audience. The story of Joan of Arc has fascinated readers for centuries: As a young girl in rural France, Joan heard the voices of Saints Catherine, Magaret, and Michael telling her that the Dauphin was God's choice for the throne of France. Unquestioningly, Joan left her family to lead the army of the Dauphin against the English and defeated them, thereby putting Charles VII on the throne. From the image of an obscure French peasant girl who led the army of the Dauphin, to the icon of a saint burned at the stake by an English-controlled church, Joan has been a blank slate on which thoasands have written their obssessions, their fears, and their hopes. In Adams's magisterial translation, Pernoud and Clin clear away the myths, allowing modern readers to see Joan as she was. Adams has added a great deal of material not in the original edition, including a new preface and additional entries to the glossary, which provides portraits of the important historical figures that affected Joan, descriptions of the historical occurences and synopses of interpretations of Joan through the ages.
In an exquisite English translation from the bestselling French edition, Joan of Arc: Her Story now appears for American readers. From the French peasant girl who led an army to the icon burned at the stake, Joan has been a blank slate on which thousands have written. Pernoud and Clin clear away the myths so that modern readers can see Joan as she was and include a glossary of important individuals, historical events and interpretations of Joan through the ages. Joan of Arc: Her Story is the thrilling life of a woman who obsesses us even to this day.
Règine Pernoud, a pioneer women's historian, was a member of the French Academy and founder of the Centre Jeanne d'Arc in Orleans.
Marie-Vèronique Clin is Director, Museum of the History of Medicine in Paris.
Jeremy Duquesnay Adams is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
“Adams has performed a great service by translating and revising this best-selling French chronicle of the life and legacy of Joan of Arc.” —Booklist (starred review)
“This Joan of Arc makes you want to be there to witness it all!” —Le Monde
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