Joan of Arc
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By (author) Timothy Wilson-Smith
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Joan of Arc by Timothy Wilson-Smith
Book DescriptionJoan of Arc, born in Domremy in France in 1412, began to hear voices when she was thirteen and, believing they were directives from God, followed them - to the French court, to battle to wrest France from the English in the Hundred Years War, and to defeat and capture. She was put on trial for heresy and, on 30 May 1431, burned at the stake. Even today many people are fascinated by this teenage woman who persuaded her king to believe that she could lead her nation to victory. In the retrial of 1452-6 she was vindicated, but it took almost five hundred years after an English soldier declared 'we have burnt a saint' for the Catholic Church to conclude that she was indeed one. This new book is not merely an account of a life that was cut short; its focus is also on Joan's history, which in 1431 had just begun, and which, the author shows, was influenced just as much by the transformation in Anglo-French relations and by internal politics, issues of freedom and republicanism, and by changes in society regarding secularisation and belief, as by our response to the central issue of Joan's voices themselves.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750943420
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Timothy Wilson-Smith
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Joan of Arc, Paperback (June 2006)
Joan of Arc was put on trial for heresy and, on 30 May 1431, burned at the stake. This book is an account of her life that was cut short; its focus is also on her history, which in 1431 had just begun, and which, it shows, was influenced just as much by the transformation in Anglo-French relations and by internal politics.
Caravaggio, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Timothy Wilson-Smith
An introduction to the work of Caravaggio.
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Author Biography - Timothy Wilson-Smith
This new book is not merely an account of a life that was cut short; its focus is also on Joan's history, which in 1431 had just begun, and which, the author shows, was influenced just as much by the transformation in Anglo-French relations and by internal politics, issues of freedom and republicanism, and by changes in society regarding secularisation and belief, as by our response to the central issue of Joan's voices themselves. Sales Points/Key Content Re-examines the life, trial and death of one of the most famous medieval women. Shows how her transformation from heroic failure to national icon was influenced by the changing Anglo-French relations. Author has had full access to French sources: he is fluent in both modern and medieval French. Recreates the retrial in the 15th century and shows how she was vindicated a generation after her death. Marketing Points/Promotion Plans Comparative Sales Joan of Arc: a military commander (pb 2003): 3068 Author Blurb Timothy Wilson-Smith was a writer and lecturer. He taught history and English at Eton for many years and has also been a lecturer for the WEA and Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. He has written several books, including Delacroix: A Life, Napoleon and his Artists, Caravaggio, and biographies of Johnson and Napoleon. He
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