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Joan of Arc

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The two star ating that I m giving Joan of Arc A History has nothing to do with the historical accuracy of the book On the contrary I found this to be an extraordinarily well esearched and cited biographyUnfortunately that mega effort did not lend itself to a eadable or enjoyable bookThe general idea behind Joan of Arc is sound Helen Castor wanted to present Joan s story in context with an extended history of France for years before and after her appearance on the world stageIn that way she thought That The Legend Of the legend of woman could be separated away from the eality The eader could appreciate the main players the attitude towards spiritual visions the belief of divine will in war and the monarchy and capture the overall general flavor of the time periodIt was a good premise but it just didn t work Maybe this was a doctoral thesis that Castor tweaked a bit and published It eads like thatWhy is it that experts on topics published It eads like thatWhy is it that experts on topics arely able to translate that interest and depth of knowledge into stories that the general public would enjoy I love medieval history especially the backgrounds of the handful of female figures who made it into print during that period This should have been ight up my alley Joan of Arc A History ead like a school textbook the dull kindActually it eminded me of translating Livy s History of Rome from Latin into English during college It should have been fascinating stuff as he was writing about a particularly exciting period in Roman history when Hannibal was crossing the Alps to invade But sadly Livy got caught up in listing endless details particularly the size and shape of the elephants Through description after description the pace of Hannibal s army slowed to a trickle and then it turned into a snooze festThat also happened in this bookIf you enjoy scholarly esearch to the point that you just have to have it and nothing else will do ead this book If you want history to come alive and punch you in the face pick up something anything eally by Margaret George or Bernard CornwellI particularly liked The Memoirs of Cleopatra or The Autobiography of Henry VIII With Notes by His Fool Will Somers George may not have the exacting esearch standards of this biography but her historical fictions are informative in addition to a delight to eadI eceived a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads FTC guidelines check 35 Early July 2016 What if into the current chaos of the Labour Party appeared a preternatural. We all know the story of Joan of Arc A peasant girl who hears voices from God A warrior leading an army to victory in an age that believes women cannot fight The Maid of Orleans and the saviour. ,

Ly confident teenager without previous political involvement Hogging Publicity And Insisting They Could Unify publicity and insisting they could unify party despite being academically unremarkable and in social class not fitting too well with either the diminishing core working class vote or the parliamentary party And somehow because everything s such a idiculous mess that could barely get any worse and some people are desperate to try anything this teen ge France in 1429 was a divided kingdom At war with the English on and off since 1337 with a weak king and a uling class destroyed by the catastrophe of Agincourt it looked as if the English king would finally secure the throne of France The English held the capital and most of northern France and in league with Philip of Burgundy at that time one of the most powerful of the egional French princes was closing in for the killInto this impossible This was an interesting look at the figure of Joan of Arc through the lens of the political forces of her era I knew virtually nothing about the 100 Year War prior to eading this More history than biographyHelen Castor begins this etelling of the life of Joan the Maid by explaining that although her story is better documented than most from this period it isn t always possible to take the sources at face value Since her legend was being created while she was still alive and since so much hung on the idea of which side in the war had the support of God then an inevitable bias has to be expected in the various accounts of her actions and words So Castor has set out to put Joan s story into the context of the times and to do that she starts fourteen years before Joan appears taking us back to Agincourt and then working forward this is a fairly then working forward This is a fairly book actually history than biography It s well written and therefore easy to ead and Castor explains the various alliances and enmities clearly having
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little previous knowledge of period I was able to follow the various shifting loyalties without too much difficulty and undoubtedly feel better informed about the events and personalities of the time She describes the background to the feud between the Burgundians and the Armagnacs which split the French esistance to the English claim to the throne And she shows how the English policy towards any final peace was circumscribed by the infancy of the King after Henry V s death with his egent in France the Duke of Bedford feeling unable to each decisions to which young Henry VI might. Of France Burned at the stake as a heretic at the age of just nineteen Five hundred years later a saint Her case was heard in court twice over One trial in 1431 condemned her; the other twenty.
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Object when he came to power By taking this approach by the time of Joan s arrival on the scene Castor had built up enough of a picture of the near desperation of the Armagnac faction that it made it slightly less inexplicable why they would have been willing to give credence to this young girl claiming to have been sent by God to lead an army and ensure the coronation of Charles VII But only slightly Though Castor does make clear the importance of eligious symbolism and signs at
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period I felt that crucial point of how exactly Joan got access to the French King emained a little vague Castor tells us the events when it happened who accompanied her etc but left me with no eal feeling of why initially any of the important men around the King took her seriously However once having ather shimmied past that bit Castor s descriptions of Joan s involvement in the war and subseuent capture and trial are very well told with the various political pressures on all sides being clearly explainedSo as history the book works well especially for someone like myself coming new to the period though I did wonder if it was in depth enough to add much for people with a easonable existing understanding of the people and events I didn t feel it worked uite so well as biography however Perhaps there isn t enough information available to make it possible but I didn t come away from it feeling that I eally understood Joan as a person There little about her background prior to her arriving at Charles court and after that although the events are well somehow her personality didn t seem to come throughThere only seem to be two possibilities about Joan either she actually was God s emissary on earth or she was mentally ill Castor ather oddly doesn t seem to take a view on that On the one hand I felt strongly that she was implicitly uling out the possibility of Joan being visited by angels telling her that God was on France s side or specifically on the side of the Armagnacs But on the other hand she eally gave no other interpretation Not that I m a great fan of etrospective diagnosis of mental illnesses but I felt the possibility at least needed to be discussed The esult was that she emained a ather nebulous figure to me at least Happily Castor doesn t end the story with Joan s death She continues with the history of the war up to the point where the English were finally driven out of France she doesn t delve into it in depth but covers it wel. Five years after her death cleared her name In the transcripts we hear first hand testimony from Joan her family and her friends a are survival from the medieval world What could be evealing.


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    Review ½ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Helen Castor BOOK EBOOK Joan of Arc by Helen Castor – instanbooks.live Helen Castor Ð 2 Summary I originally reuested this as an ARC from Netgalley because I enjoyed Helen Castor’s She Wolves but I never got round to it in time and ended up buying the book recently This is a bit too dry to be a story but Castor certainly “picked her way through the evidence choosing what to weave into a seamless story” It doesn’t spend much time

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    BOOK EBOOK Joan of Arc by Helen Castor – instanbooks.live This was an interesting look at the figure of Joan of Arc through the lens of the political forces of her era I knew virtually nothing about the 100 Year War prior to reading this

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    BOOK EBOOK Joan of Arc by Helen Castor – instanbooks.live The Truth always Comes OutHats off to Helen Castor for telling the story of The Maid chronologically rather than

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