Joan of Arc's life and death marks a turning point in the course of the destiny both of France and of England and the history of the English and French monarchies. `It is a great shame,' wrote Etienne Pasquier in the late sixteenth century, `for no-one ever came to the help of France so opportunely and with such success as that girl, and never was the memory of a woman so torn to shreds.' Biographers have crossed swords furiously about her inspiration, each according to the personal conviction of the writer. As author Moya Longsaffe points out: 'She has been claimed as an icon by zealous combatants of every shade of opinion, clericals, anticlericals, nationalists, republicans, socialists, conspiracy theorists, feminists, far-rightists, loony-leftists, yesterday's communists, today's National Front, old Uncle Tom Cobley and all. As Bernard Shaw said, in the prologue to his famous play, "the question raised by Joan's burning is a burning question still."' By returning to the original sources and employing her expertise in French literature, the author brings 'La Pucelle' alive - and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent, or indeed a great visionary, of the order of Catherine of Siena or Francis of Assisi?
Product code: BKKWB
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Dimensions: 16.6cm x 24.2cm
Publish date: 15/10/2017
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