Joan of Arc: A Life

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Penguin, Jul 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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? A master of the story form? (The New York Times) offers a fresh, revealing portrait of the legendary saint

Celebrated novelist Mary Gordon brings Joan of Arc alive as a complex figure full of contradictions and desires, as well as spiritual devotion. A humble peasant girl, Joan transformed herself into the legendary Maid of Orléans, knight, martyr, and saint. Following the voice of God, she led an army to victory and crowned the king of France, only to be captured and burned at the stake as a heretic?all by the age of nineteen. Gordon does more than tell this gripping story?she explores Joan?s mystery and the many facets of her inspiring life.


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ignores basic established facts to serve author's own prejudiced (and boring) interpretation to life of one of most fascinating and selfless people who ever lived.


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Approaching the Throne
Triumphant in Battle
What Kind of Warrior
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Mary Gordon, Professor of English at Barnard College, is the bestselling author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. Her books include The Rest of Life, The Other Side and Spending. She lives in New York City.