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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User Review  - BruderBane - LibraryThing

Not a definitive work on the “Maid of Orleans”, nor was it meant to be, Penguin Lives’ “Joan of Arc” by Mary Gordon does a superb job of deconstructing much of the intentional and unintentional ... Read full review

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User Review  - brainella - LibraryThing

I would have given the book a higher rating if it hadn't been for the last chapter. I had no desire to read about all the things ever created using Joan of Arc as the protagonist. Boring. Gordon went ... Read full review


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Approaching the Throne
Triumphant in Battle
What Kind of Warrior
Virgin Body
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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.