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Joan of Arc
by Mark Twain, Jean Francois Alden (Translator)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens spent 12 years reseaching this book and considered it his best work. Db.

Book Description: When JOAN OF ARC was first published in Harper's magazine in 1895, the reading public did not recognize Mark Twain behind it. It is ostensibly a translation of Sieur Louis de Conte's memoirs, the one person who was with Joan during the three important stages of her life: as a visionary village peasant, as a military genius and as the defendant at her trial. The narrator, quiet, retiring and sentimental, is quite unlike the true author.

Twain was fascinated by Joan. He spent 12 years in research and made many attempts before finally getting the story right. He wanted to laud Joan for her unique role in history. He was able to do so after studying contemporary accounts written by both sides, the French and the English.

Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc
by Polly Brooks
Reading level: Young Adult
Regarded as one of the best biographies of the Maid of Orleans
Book Description: The king was going mad . . . So begins Polly Schoyer Brooks's account of one of history's most compelling stories and one of the world's most popular heroines-Joan of Arc. Brooks tells us of a fifteenth-century France ravaged by war, plague, and religious conflict; of a king who suffered fits of madness and his weak son who made a disappointing successor; and of a peasant girl from the countryside who accomplished what appeared to be miracles by rallying the dispirited French nation with her desire to see the rightful king rule. Little more than a year after her astounding triumphs-uniting the nation and securing the throne for Charles VII with her victory over the English at Orlean-nineteen-year-old Joan was imprisoned on charges of witchcraft and sorcery, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake. Polly Schoyer Brooks's detailed narrative unveils the spirited young woman who became a patron saint and continues to inspire courage and faith.

Joan of Arc: By Herself and Her Witnesses
by Regine Pernoud
Paperback from Scarborough House
Book Published: September, 1994

Joan of Arc (Penguin Lives)
by Mary Gordon
Hardcover: 176 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 7.80 x 5.44 
Publisher: Viking Press; (March 20, 2000)
ISBN: 0670885371 

Joan of Arc
by Diane Stanley
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War in World History
by William W. Lace
Library Binding from Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Book Published: April, 2003

Joan of Arc: The Lily Maid
by Margaret Hodges, Robert Rayevsky
School & Library Binding from Holiday House
Book Published: September, 1999

An Army of Angels : A Novel of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc : Her Story
by Regine Pernoud et al. 
The peasant girl who led an army against the English and placed Charles VII on the French throne has inspired countless books since her death at age 19. While others have claimed Joan the Maid (as she called herself) for every cause from feminism to working-class radicalism, this meticulous volume by two French scholars sticks close to the known facts. The authors make extensive use of contemporary documents that bring to life the turbulent political scene in which Joan operated as well as her forceful personality. Joan followed the directives of voices she believed were sent to her by God; her deep piety, self-assurance, decisiveness, and shrewd intelligence radiate from her letters and from her responses to hostile questioning at the rigged trial that resulted in her being burned alive as a heretic in 1431. General readers may be intimidated at first by a detailed narrative studded with lengthy quotations, but those who persevere will discover a story all the more moving because it is not manipulated to make a modern-day point. This English translation updates the 1986 French volume's bibliography, supplements the biographies in part 2 with sketches of historical figures less familiar outside of France, and generally makes the book more accessible for English-language readers. --Wendy Smith -
Paperback: 330 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.88 x 9.23 x 6.12
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; (November 1999)
ISBN: 0312227302

Joan of Arc : In Her Own Words
by Willard R. Trask (Translator), Joan (Editor), Edward S. Creasy (Afterword)
Paperback: 178 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 8.02 x 5.08 
Publisher: Turtle Point Pr; (May 1996)
ISBN: 1885983085 

France in the Middle Ages : 987-1460 : From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc (A History of France)
by Georges Duby, Juliet Vale (Translator)
Listed under French History

Saint Joan of Arc
by Vita Sackville-West 
Book Description: Vita Sackville-West wrote Saint Joan of Arc in 1936 at the age of forty-four, and had, at that point, already been writing for thirty years. At fourteen, Sackville-West published her first book, and at fourteen Joan of Arc first heard the voices. Joan was seventeen when she took command of the armies of France--a peasant girl in the early fifteenth century in charge of a nation's forces. At nineteen she was captured by the British and tried as a witch by a church court. Before her twentieth birthday she was burned at the stake. In 1920 she was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint. In a clever, brisk voice, Vita Sackville-West tells the triumphant story of a French peasant girl raised in a country torn apart by the Hundred Years' War who rose from poverty to military greatness. With dazzling insight and clarity, Sackville-West breathes new life into Joan of Arc's beautiful and tragic story.

Joan of Arc (Wishbone Classics, No 4)
by Patrice Selene (Author)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 128 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 7.62 x 5.12 
Publisher: Harper Mass Market Paperbacks; (June 1996)
ISBN: 0061064181 

Joan of Arc : A Military Leader
by Kelly Devries

Fresh Verdicts on Joan of Arc (New Middle Ages)
by Bonnie Wheeler (Editor), Charles T. Wood (Editor)

DK Readers: Joan of Arc (Level 4: Proficient Readers)

Joan of Arc
by Josephine Poole, Angela Barrett
Paperback from Dragonfly
Book Published: 08 August, 2000

Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography (Lives & Legacies Series)
by Siobhan Nash-Marshall 
Book Description: Joan of Arc is one of the most enigmatic figures of history, and interest in the eccentric French maiden has never ceased since she was burnt on the stake in 1431. Siobhan Nash-Marshall tells her lively story, and interprets her life from the spiritual point of view.
Hardcover: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 8.43 x 5.61 
Publisher: Crossroad/Herder & Herder; (December 1999)
ISBN: 0824523504 

Joan of Arc: Her Story
by Regine Pernoud, Marie-Vronique Clin, Jeremy Duquesnay Adams, Marie-Veronique Clin
Paperback from St. Martin's Press
Book Published: November, 1999

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Mark Twain
Paperback from Dover Pubns
Book Published: November, 2002

Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue (Penguin Classics)
by Bernard Shaw, Stanley Weintraub, Ayot St Lawrence, Joley Wood
Paperback from Penguin USA (Paper)
Book Published: May, 2001

Saint Joan of Arc
by John Beevers
Paperback from Tan Books & Publishers, Inc.
Book Published: February, 1995
Availability: Special Order

Saint Joan of Arc (A&E Biography)
by Jeremy Roberts
Library Binding from Lerner Publications Company
Book Published: April, 2000

The Spiritual Way of St. Jeanne D'Arc
by George H. Tavard
Paperback from Liturgical Press
Book Published: December, 1998

Eloquent Virgins: From Thecla to Joan of Arc
by Maud Burnett McInerney
Hardcover from Palgrave Macmillan
Book Published: 23 November, 2002

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