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The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc by [Taylor, Larissa Juliet]
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'If you have been looking for one book that explains how this remarkable teenage girl could accomplish all that she achieved, then this is it.' --Mack P. Holt, author of 'The French Wars of Religion'.<br /><br />'This is an absorbing book that is almost impossible to put down.' --Frederic J. Baumgartner, author of 'France in the Sixteenth Century'.<br /><br />'This fine biography brings Joan fully to life not as a symbol for other eras but as a remarkable flesh and blood woman, who shaped her country and her times.' --Luria, North Carolina State University

'This is an absorbing book that is almost impossible to put down.' --Frederic J. Baumgartner, author of 'France in the Sixteenth Century'.

'This fine biography brings Joan fully to life not as a symbol for other eras but as a remarkable flesh and blood woman, who shaped her country and her times.' --Luria, North Carolina State University

About the Author

Larissa Juliet Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Colby College. She is the author of the award-winning 'Soldiers of Christ: Preaching in Late Medieval and Reformation France' and 'Heresy and Orthodoxy in Sixteenth Century Paris'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XQ3FCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By EleanorB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2014
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Larissa Juliet Taylor has no doubt produced the definitive factual story of Joan of Arc, The Maid. I learned much that I had not previously known, particularly the appetite amongst the French at that time for a female figurehead/saviour and the fact that other 'prophetesses' for want of a better word had been identified but for whatever reason had not been what was wanted. Then along came Joan with her uncompromising personality, her determination to have a different and independent life, her longing to do great things for France and her devotion to the cause of Charles VII - her as yet uncrowned Dauphin. Men who had previously been sceptical (and who can blame them) about her meteoric rise to favour began to believe in her. Her effect on disillusioned troops was amazing and military success and a coronation were achieved. That she had powerful backers was undeniable, and medieval PR was in overdrive as her achievements mounted and tales of her courage in battle and disdain for the wounds she received became legend.

On the personal front, Ms Taylor has clearly done a magnificent research job and Joan comes across as very human, very charismatic, very brave and blessed with huge self confidence, with a bit of stroppy teen thrown into the mix. She is also shown to have been naïve in terms of the dark and factional politics of the French court at that time and clearly did not grasp the extent to which she was being used by forces greater and more devious than she could imagine. She was uneducated, but highly intuitive and quickly learned what she needed to know in relation to arms, horsemanship and man management, and was not above bending the truth to suit her own purposes. She also had a pretty short fuse, and did not suffer fools (or her soldiers' camp followers!) gladly.
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When I first opened the book The Virgin Warrior I admit my heart sank a little bit as it seem initailly very detailed in its history and I feared it would loose the main story in the process, but au contraire! It was a brilliant read, the detail made for a coluorful and insightful tour de force on the life of Joan the Maid. I would highly recommend the read to anyone with even a passing interest in the story of Joan of Arc. This book offers an escape into mideval France and the life and lives of the main protagonists are brought to life brilliantly, the dilemmas faced, the battles fought, the court intrigue and in the middle a passionate young woman with a purpose and a cause that she carried with all the determination of a middle ages prophetess.
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I really enjoyed this book. Any preconceptions I had about the 'Maid' have been challenged. I have spent very worthwhile hours reading Larissa Juliet Taylor's hugely interesting book about this most extraordinary historical woman. Feminist, atheist, devotee or religious fanatic, you should enter with a open mind because this is a factual account not a romantic re-writing of history. It is well written and leaves you wanting to further examine this saint /
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Whether you have a devotion to this wonderful saint, are fascinated by the Hundred Years War or love French History - this is a superbly written volume that will grace your shelf.
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Very interesting book which I would recommend - but please note the kindle version doesn't include the photos which are in the hard copy. I wish it was made clearer before buying the book!
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I linked to this book through s short piece on TV, almost an introduction in person, by the author. A very good perspective and a very good book.
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