Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism

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University of California Press, 2000 - History - 349 pages
Joan has a unique role in Western imagination--she is one of the few true female heroes. Marina Warner uses her superb historical and literary skills to move beyond conventional biography and to capture the essence of Joan of Arc, both as she lived in her own time and as she has "grown" in the human imagination over the five centuries since her death. She has examined the court documents from Joan of Arc's 1431 Inquisition trial for heresy and woven the facts together with an analysis of the histories, biographies, plays, and paintings and sculptures that have appeared over time to honor this heroine and symbol of France's nationhood. Warner shows how the few facts that are known about the woman Joan have been shaped to suit the aims of those who have chosen her as their hero. The book places Joan in the context of the mythology of the female hero and takes note of her historical antecedents, both pagan and Christian and the role she has played up to the present as the embodiment of an ideal, whether as Amazon, saint, child of nature, or personification of virtue.
 

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Unfortunately, the author has managed to make some of the most interesting events, and personalities, of the Hundred Years' War deathly dull. Don't bother. Read full review

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I started reading this book to understand how a young peasant woman managed to capture the dauphin’s (the future Charles VII) imagination and mobilise men to fight moved by the conviction of her ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
3
MAID OF FRANCE
13
A DIVIDED REALM
32
THE KING AND HIS CROWN
53
PROPHET
77
HARLOT OF THE ARMAGNACS
96
HERETIC
117
IDEAL ANDROGYNE
139
THE VINDICATION
185
AMAZON
198
PERSONIFICATION OF VIRTUE
218
CHILD OF NATURE
237
SAINT OR PATRIOT?
255
Bibliographical Notes
277
Index
335
Copyright

KNIGHT
159

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Marina Warner is a historian and novelist; among her books are No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock (1998), From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (1995), and Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1983). She lives in London.

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