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Examining the external and internal forces that shaped Joan’s well documented life, a discussion of esoteric elements found on nearly each page of the historic records is carefully framed in evidence that has not been plumbed to these depths, until now. Joan’s own words speak with clarity from her trial testimony as the most trustworthy resource for understanding her perce...more
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J.L. Taylor
Everybody ought to read this book about Joan of Arc by Marcia Quinn Noren. Not because it is beautifully written and entertaining, and not because it comes to life because of the author's overriding interest and compassion for her subject, but because Joan, a teenaged maiden at the end of the Dark Ages, did in fact astonishingly change world history, when she became the catalyst to help the French restore their monarchy and drive the English out of France. It doesn't matter whether one is Cathol...more
Paul Kestell

I knew nothing of Joan of Arc or the hundred years war, I knew nothing of the inquisition either and to be very honest I admit that the subject of divinity rarely surfaces in my daily thoughts. Divinity is for theologians and those types that study the bible and like to quote bits of it to the rest of us.

So I am an atheist or worse still a bungling agnostic,and I am also beware of book waving bigots who strive to shake me from my complacency, and demand from me the suspension of logic and fact,...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Feb 13, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical, Mystery, History
Perhaps the phrase “Legend in Her Own Time” was invented to describe Jehanne d’Arc, for that she certainly was. A historical figure without compare, in an era of patriarchy, Joan blazed her own trail across a wartime sky. At age seventeen in 1429 she had changed the outcome of The Hundred Years’ War. Canonized as a saint by Roman Catholicism in 1929, non-Catholics overlook her mysticism and visions. So was she a Genius, as later historical figures declared, or a Mystic-or was she both at once? D...more
Nell Grey
Jan 27, 2012 Nell Grey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone - especially those who love history, biography and spirituality.
Marcia Quinn Noren approaches the subject of Joan of Arc's life from a fresh angle - that of her spirituality and the 'Voices'. This is clear from the very beginning, yet the author has maintained a tone that is non-intrusive and beautifully balanced, laying before the reader material from people with whom the Maid of Orleans came into contact, as well as evidence from the transcripts of her trials. The language is clear, the story uncluttered by the sort of historical detail that can render his...more
Jen Beuning
This was an amazing book. I have always been very interested in the story and life of Joan of Arc, and I greedily gobble up any bit of information I can read on her. Ever since the first time my grandma showed me the painting of Joan by Jules Bastien-Lepage, I have been entranced by this amazing person. This book was full of interesting information about Joan, and I especially enjoyed that Joan's own 15th century trial testimony was used. In the synopsis I read that the author has a decade of re...more
Lauren Gilbert
Marcia Quinn Noren's book JOAN OF ARC The Mystic Legacy is an excellent introduction to Joan of Arc. It is clear and well-written, illustrated with well-chosen photographs of localities and works of art related to Joan. I was especially impressed with the way Ms. Noren approached Joan's voices and the religious issues. She presented her information clearly and calmly, beautifully handling issues that some have ignored or questioned. This is a short book which still manages to impart a lot of inf...more
Kim Justus
Ms Noren took the time to thoroughly research Joan from a different perspective than most. He story is clean, tight, and well informed. The book itself is tastefully done, with wonderful color photographs, a crisp cover and nice layout. I enjoy books on history that give personal insights into the lives of the characters. Joan's time was an incredible journey, for such a short life. She made an impact that has spanned the ages, and Marcia did a wonderful job of detailing her story. It's a quick...more
Uvi Poznansky
When you read Marcia Quinn Noren's study of Jeanne d'Arc, it becomes clear from the beginning that she has devoted years of careful research, and has made every decision in terms of the layout and arrangement of the text and the photographs. The writer aims to provide readers with a substantive essence of the story, by quoting directly from the records of the trial. Jeanne d'Arc became a legend in her time and remains a mystery to this day. She changed the course of a savage war that ravaged Fra...more
Ashley E
This book is a fascinating examination of Joan's life through her own testimony. Largely based on the testimony of the Trial of Condemnation (wherein Joan was eventually sentenced to burn at the stake) and the Trial of Nullification (wherein the findings of the first Trial were deemed null), Noren presents a unique view of the events from the testimony of those who were there.

Even though I've read much about Joan of Arc previously, I have never before firmly come down on the side of believer or...more
The Bibliophile
If you only have a vague idea about who Joan of Arc is and whould like to learn more about her, this book is definitely for you.

Joan of Arc: The Mystic Legacy, follows the life of Joan through the eyes of the Catholic church.
You will read about some of her childhood years, her time fighting for the freedom of her country, and about the trails that condemned her to death, only to clear her of all charges ten years afterwards.

All in all a good read.
Jenifer
This is a nice non-fiction account of life of Joan of Arc. I received a digital copy of this book as part of a reading promotion and as a history major, I was a bit turned off by the "mystical" cartoonish cover of this book. Don't let he cover fool you, though. The book itself is well written with historical documentation. The author does a nice job pulling in different views and histories of not only Joan but also the time period that she lived through.
David O'Neill
This book illuminates the life and spirituality of a figure we all think we know. Well researched passionate and filled with understanding that truly sheds new light on this remarkable woman and her place in mythology and history.
Autumn
Joan of Arc: The Mystic Legacy was a well written non-fiction book that gave us the perspective from the church as well as from Joan of Arc through her prosperous years as well as the dark time before she was burned at the stake. The book contained several pictures that gave us a picture of what Joan of Arc looked like and how she has been portrayed over the years.
Carol
I thought I knew a fair amount about Joan of Arc before I read this book. I was wrong, NOW I know a fair amount about Joan of Arc. Well-written and a good flow. My only real complaint is the cover, not a fan. Thank goodness I opened it and began reading though!
Jonathan
An okay primer for those who are just looking to scratch the surface.
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