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4.7 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 August 2007
This book deserves the praise that was piled upon it when it was first published in 1981. This is not a formal biography of Joan of Arc, and yet its content contains all the salient issues arising in her short life and more. That "and more" is Marina Warner's critique of Joan's life and her reception by both contemporaries and history. The subtitle of the book - "The Image of Female Heroism" - might make it appear as a largely feminist critique. Not so! It is more rounded and comprehensive than such a narrow description portrays.

The book is split into two parts, and its contents might be well-grasped by the titles of the chapters contained therein. The first part details Joan's reception in her own life and times, with chapters on Joan as the virgin Maid of France; Joan as Prophet; Joan as Harlot of the Armagnacs; Joan as Heretic; Joan as the Ideal Androgyne; and Joan as Knight. In addition there are chapters on the Divided Realm of France as well as the King and his Crown.

The second part treats Joan's reputation after her death all the way up to the twentieth century. So we have chapters on her Vindication; Joan as Amazon; Joan as the Personification of Virtue; Joan perceived as Child of Nature; Joan as Saint or Patriot?

The book is wide-ranging, crossing many disciplines and many timelines. It is recommended that the reader have at least some knowledge of her life in order to fully appreciate the multiple strands of thought offered by Marina Warner on this 'heroine for all seasons'.
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on 11 January 2011
This book has long been acknowledged as a classic of scolarly investigations into the life, history and myth of Joan of Arc. Marina Warner is a cultural historian and the strength of this book is in her realism, depth and understandinga corss multiple disciplines. We do not just get a potted chart of Joan's achievements - these are placed in their rightful context: medieval history, French society, the mythology of women, classical imagery, religious inspiration and so on. It is typical of Warner's erudition and brilliant writing style that, despite the wealth of learning and research on display, this book could be read, understood and enjoyed by anyone interested in this or any of the aforementioned related subjects. An absolute triumph... now goa nd read Warner on fairytales (From The Beast To The Blonde), monuments (Monuments and Maidens) and a host of the other diverse topics she is interested in and an expert on!
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on 4 October 2003
Marina Warner writes a fine narrative, a solid biography with depth and emotion which also explores the female and the feminist aspects of Joan. Joan is a 15th century heroine and national icon, but she is also a woman subject to complex exploitation and manipulation by male society. It is an engaging and enthralling work.
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on 4 September 2017
Half way through - an amazingly intelligent, informative, eye-opening, comprehensive piece of history, and analysis, lanced with beautifully-turned phrases about the nature of things and especially of the principles involved. An astonishingly comprehensiveness of research, apparently (to my unpractised eye)
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