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Joan of Arc: Her Story

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  298 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In an exquisite English translation from the bestselling French edition, Joan of Arc: Her Story now appears for American readers. From the French peasant girl who led an army to the icon burned at the stake, Joan has been a blank slate on which thousands have written. Pernoud and Clin clear away the myths so that modern readers can see Joan as she was and include a glossar ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published January 1st 1981)
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I find this book very well written and what I like about it is that it is truly a book that dispels a lot of myths about Joan of Arc.

Regine Pernoud worked really well and hard at presenting facts instead of trying to say what she thought Joan of Arc was. This is not a work of fiction - but a biography of a woman who changed the course of the world.

We are left in awe at the achievements of such a young lady - from leaving her town, enlisting help from nobles, going to the Dauphin, strategizing ag
Geoff Sebesta
This book claims to be the most complete and least biased book on Joan of Arc out there, and until I hear differently I will believe it to be. They do a wonderful, wonderful job of cutting to the heart of the event and explaining the two years of her life, so long ago (2010 is closer to the American Revolution than the Revolution was to her), humanizing them and placing them in context. The eye of the author is clear and compassionate as her world and her mission are recounted and, as best is po ...more
phaedra lewis
There are certainly lots of books about Joan of Arc, from children books with the myths surrounding her to a host of academic texts, each dry as toast. I wasn't certain this was going to be much different, but I was interested to read a real historical account, without so much of it being dredged through rumor and the mythos that has sprung up about her life and her implications in society, but this version is an excellent translation, with the sorts of fine adjustments in tone and word choice t ...more
James M. Madsen, M.D.
I expected a lot from this translation of Pernoud and Clin's work, and I wasn't disappointed. This is one of the very best books about the enigmatic Joan of Arc. The book is unusual in being divided into a section of Joan's own words (but presented as those words entered the chronological record of her trial, not beginning with her childhood as a typical chronological account), a section on the important characters in her life (this is a great place to get the real skinny on the characters in th ...more
'Aussie Rick'

This is a great book but I would highlight the point that it would be wise to read the forward and preface before getting stuck into the book. The layout of the book is somewhat different to your normal biography but in this case it works well. The story is excellent and is well presented and as mentioned by other reviews without any noticeable bias either way. The authors have produced a gripping and entertaining story and have also provided the reader with some detailed lists of principal char
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is Joan of Arc an amazing, courageous young woman, but the book is well-written and well-documented.

The first half of the book is a story-line biography. Sometimes, the story is a bit confusing because of all of the places and people that I wasn't familiar with. However, I loved the way it is written & unfolds.

The second half of the book includes excellent resources such as a short biography of people Joan of Arc was influenced by or came in contact w
The story of Joan of Arc has been written about so often that reading about her is almost unavoidable if one studies history. However, a history of Joan written by a well respected French scholar deserves consideration, even though a significant portion of the book is a compendium of descriptions of the French and the English who lived during her time. I would recommend it only to someone interested in French history. Someone searching for a well researched life of Joan will find the first 164 p ...more
Nyie Rombeng
readers terutama perempuan wajib baca satu ini.
joan bukan sekedar pahlawan perang wanita pada zaman kegelapan diperancis,namun dia adalah santo.
sosoknya yang religius & nasionalis menjadikannya simbol emansipasi wanita modern sekarang.
fitnah penyihir yang ditujukannya membawa akhir tragis baginya.kejam sekali nasib yang diterima joan,seperti air susu dibalas air tuba:(
sungguh,walaupun joan tidak bisa baca & tulis dalam faktanya dan dikhianati aparatur kerajaan,aku yakin ada tempat terindah&adil
Caryn Hederman
Aug 21, 2007 Caryn Hederman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Joan of Arc
History and Biography. I have read a lot of Joan of Arc biographies, and the Pernoud/Clin biography easily is the best of the bunch; it is the most carefully researched, intelligently organized, and yet remains accessible. It's also well edited, sparing readers the gloss and mythology woven into many of the other biographies. For a fun, romanticized (and less scholarly) approach to Joan of Arc, read the Vita Sackville-West biography, Saint Joan of Arc.
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
St Joan of Arc is my patron Saint, and to read her bio/history told in her own words as she went through the experience and trial...I know she is the patron of soldiers, military and police,but I consider her to be a patron also of those who are persecuted, those who have to fight the good fight of Faith for their Christian faith, etc. Such an example of hope, holiness, courage, etc. What an inspiration...
Maren Grossman
Sep 15, 2009 Maren Grossman marked it as to-read
I'm embarrassed to admit that I never really had much interest in St. Joan of Arc until I was recently reminded that she believed in fairies. Now, I'm facinated and am planning on reading as much about her as I can. This book has a very historical sense, but that's good as it's keeping me from having an overly romanticized view of her.
I learned all about Joan of Arc. Well written, thorough, and based on and cites historical records. The trial and her execution were especially well documented and informative. I appreciated the presentation of her controversial life without twisting it to fit a modern day agenda.
Really I have never been into a biography more. The book is chalk full of quotes from her and other first hand accounts. I got so excited after reading this I went to blockbuster and rented a movie about Joan of Arc. She was amazing.
This book tells Joan of arc's story from birth to death.

I rated this book 4 stars because it is very interesting.

I reccomend this book to anyone is interested in religous history.
It was hard for me to rate this one because I have not read another book about Joan of Arc. I read this instead of the Mark Twain version. If I have time I will compare the two.
Patricia Franz
I actually had to direct a play on Joan of Arc in highschool for Drama class. I did the research and her fortitude and fearlessness of course was fantastic!
Her story of how she became interested in Joan of Arc is fascinating. She may be THE world expert on Joan. Recommended for all who love Joan.
A very informative glimpse into the phases and decisions made throughout her life. Creates a dynamic picture of wo Jon of Arc was.
The use of primary sources was fascinating and outweighed the often slightly clunky translation. Very academic and intriguing.
Fredrick Danysh
Joan of Arc was a simple French girl who donned armor and became a symbol to the French army. This is her tragic story.
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Régine Pernoud (17 June 1909 in Château-Chinon, Nièvre - 22 April 1998 in Paris) was a historian and medievalist. She received an award from the Académie française. She is known for writing extensively about Joan of Arc.
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