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Joan of Arc: Her Story

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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 St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1981)
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Joan
Oct 14, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
Actually it was Jeanette Darc – no apostrophe, no nobility but lots of passion.
In this thorough biography, Regine Pernoud meticulously lays out the short career of the woman warrior and martyr. The book is not an easy read, but if you prefer facts to fluff it will satisfy and keep you enthralled once the essential groundwork is laid. The author, Regine Pernoud, was a member of the prestigious Academie Francaise, and the founder of Centre Jeanne Darc.
The first chapter summarizes two key politica
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Roumissette
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
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Eric Marcy
Jun 30, 2015 Eric Marcy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
For myself, a newcomer to scholarship on Joan of Arc, Regine Pernoud's work was an excellent and moving starting point. She relates the narrative of Joan in order of how she became known to the world, rather than a purely biographical approach. This lends more of a sense of just how shocking and unexpected Joan's brief time of activity really was. Pernoud's narrative is heavily founded in primary sources, and the prose is concise and engaging. I truly became invested over the course of Joan's li ...more
phaedra lewis
Nov 03, 2013 phaedra lewis rated it it was amazing
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
Geoff Sebesta
Jan 31, 2011 Geoff Sebesta rated it it was amazing
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
Micebyliz
I should have made a flow chart or something to keep all the people and places in order. It's confusing to us mortals when someone is plain old John (there were a lot of johns) and suddenly is Duke of somewhere and then King of somewhere else. i remember when my son was in middle school and they were learning about government, in particular Congress. He came home and told me this between bouts of laughter...So the teacher was naming some of the reps from our state and then other people holding o ...more
Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger
Oct 09, 2014 Jeanie Mccarthy Pityinger rated it it was amazing
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.
Ned Hanlon
Feb 28, 2016 Ned Hanlon rated it really liked it
The book you want to read about Joan of Arc... or Jehanne Darc... or the many other name spelling possibilities! Extremely well written with an abundance of original source materials, it tells the clear story of a woman whose story deserves to be told (and told properly!)
Josiah
Jan 23, 2016 Josiah rated it really liked it
This is great. It reads like a good story and contains all of the relevant letters and information on the major players in appendices in the back. The writer approaches the story without either undue credence or skepticism.
Josiah Drew
Very well researched and thorough. Not a pure academic read, but close. I liked it because I wanted to separate the myth from the person. And this primary document approach strives to do that. What an amazing woman!
Thalia Papadakis
Sep 04, 2016 Thalia Papadakis rated it really liked it
This was an excellent translation, and the author remained objective. Many historical documents were presented without bias. However, I still feel that there was a slant towards Joan as a recipient of holy messages. (Reading the reviews, it seems that the message many readers took away was that Joan was indeed receiving messages from God). I wish that opinions from several psychologists were also presented--a 17-year-old who is open to the belief in fairies would no doubt be open to the belief i ...more
'Aussie Rick'
Nov 28, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
Shelves: history



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
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Christina
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
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Kaylee
Aug 08, 2016 Kaylee rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Only read the first section (the narrative). This book is a good introduction to the historical Joan of Arc. It was more scholarly than I anticipated, and I definitely do not have the necessary background history of the Hundred Years War under my belt to fully appreciate all of this book. But I could follow it.
Barry
Aug 08, 2009 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 terind
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Santiago Vieto Rodríguez
Aug 07, 2015 Santiago Vieto Rodríguez rated it it was amazing
A mythical saint. An incredible story. An example of life.
Caryn Hederman
Aug 21, 2007 Caryn Hederman rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jason Hoople
Sep 06, 2016 Jason Hoople rated it liked it
I found the flow of this book a little frustrating. It seems that it tries to present Joan's history in more or less chronological order but in a somewhat unorganized fashion. It flowed a little bit like stream of consciousness of the author and some of the order felt off, for instance many of the details of the nullification trial were given before the actual trial but others were given in final chapter i.e. After the trial had concluded.
Becca
Aug 11, 2007 Becca rated it really liked it
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.
Merna
Jan 11, 2014 Merna rated it liked it
meh...
David
Jun 23, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
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.
Avery
May 27, 2010 Avery rated it really liked it
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.
Kimjohnsontx
Jul 15, 2009 Kimjohnsontx rated it liked it
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
Nov 11, 2010 Patricia Franz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jeanne
Mar 24, 2009 Jeanne rated it really liked it
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.
Ashley
Aug 16, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
A very informative glimpse into the phases and decisions made throughout her life. Creates a dynamic picture of wo Jon of Arc was.
Mimi
Dec 28, 2010 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
The use of primary sources was fascinating and outweighed the often slightly clunky translation. Very academic and intriguing.
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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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