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      This book is the first English language book about the retrial of Joan of Arc: and clearly the best, based firmly on the testimonies given at the retrial. Written by renowned French historian, Regine Pernoud, it uses extensive excerpts from people who actually knew Joan, bringing to life this great woman and her powerful story.

            Within little more than a year after her astounding triumphs- uniting the nation and securing the throne for Charles VII with her victory over the English at Orleans - nineteen-year-old Joan was imprisoned on charges of witchcraft and sorcery, tried with heresy, and burned at the stake. Polly Schoyer Brook's detailed account unveils the spirited woman behind the heroine who became a patron saint and continues to inspire courage and faith, even beyond her death.

                Of all his works, this was Twain's personal favorite. Drawing on years of research, one of America's greatest authors retells the moving story of the maid of Orleans, portraying Joan's mystical visions, military prowess, endurance of charges of witchcraft and heresy, and her martyrdom with authenticity, poignancy, and admiration. An often overlooked masterpiece! 455 pages, softcover from Ignatius.

                A vivid image of the young country girl who accomplished unprecedented victories for her country shines forth in this moving biography. Witness the spirit and faith of the maid of Orleans in Siobhan Nash-Marshall’s carefully researched page-turner.