Joan of Arc and 'The Great Pity of the Land of France'

Joan of Arc and 'The Great Pity of the Land of France'

by Moya Longstaffe


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Joan of Arc’s life and death mark a turning point in the destiny both of France and England and the history of their monarchies. Biographers have crossed swords furiously about her inspiration, each according to the personal conviction of the writer. As Moya Longstaffe points out: "She has been claimed as an icon by zealous combatants of every shade of opinion, clericals, anticlericals, nationalists, republicans, socialists, conspiracy theorists, feminists, yesterday’s communists, today’s Front National, everyone with a need for a figurehead. As George Bernard Shaw said, in the prologue to his play, 'The question raised by Joan’s burning is a burning question still.'" By returning to the original sources and employing her expertise in languages, the author brings La Pucelle alive and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent—or indeed a great visionary, to be compared to Catherine of Siena or Francis of Assisi?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445673042
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Moya Longstaffe is the author of The Fiction of Albert Camus: A Complex Simplicity. She has researched the life and trial of Joan of Arc from primary sources over several years.

Table of Contents

Prologue - Joan: A Burning Question Still 6

Part 1 The Great Pity of the Land of France 11

1 France: The Most Distressful Country 12

2 The Tragedy of Civil War: Orleans and Burgundy 32

3 Henry V, the Assassination of John the Fearless and the Disinheritance of the Dauphin 47

4 Bedford at War, and the Uncertain Start to the Reign of Charles VII 61

Part II A Girl Called Joan from Domrémy 71

5 Childhood and Growing Up in Domrémy 72

6 Joan Sets Out: Vaucouleurs 102

7 Chinon 118

8 La Pucelle: Joan the Maid 131

9 Orleans 144

10 After Orleans 164

11 The Road to Rheims: Coronation 187

12 After Rheims 203

13 Paris and After 216

14 Capture 236

15 The Road to Rouen 252

16 Preparations for Bishop Cauchon's 'Fine Trial' 260

17 Joan before the Judges 281

18 The Triumph of the Judges 311

19 After Joan: The War Goes On 348

20 The False Joan of Arc 369

21 The Last Victory: Forever the One and Only Joan 376

Bibliography 385

Notes 392

Index 411

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