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Joan of Arc

Helen Castor

Excitingly retold by one of our finest historians, this is the story of Joan of Arc as you have never read it before.

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The story of one of the most remarkable women of the medieval world, as you have never read it before

A French peasant girl who heard voices from God, Joan convinced the royal court of her divine calling and became a teenage warrior, leading an army to victory against the English. Eventually captured and put on trial, she was denounced as a heretic and burned at the stake at the age of just nineteen. Five hundred years later, she was recognised as a saint.

Here, Joan and her world are brought vividly to life by acclaimed historian Helen Castor, taking us to the heart of a tumultuous and bloody moment in the fifteenth century and the short by astonishing life of an extraordinary woman.

Critic Reviews

A masterful, thrilling portrait of sinister power, magical charisma and gruesome death.

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard Books of the Year
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Entirely convincing and gripping . . . Earlier this year, the city of Rouen opened a new museum dedicated to Joan of Arc, intended in part to rescue her image from the myths that have surrounded it. Castor's book is another important way of returning Joan's "star" to the realm where it belongs, the human one.

Amanda Foreman, New York Times
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With elegant bravado, Helen Castor hacks through the different accounts, giving blood and sinew to a figure sassier than her saintly legend.

Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
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A triumph - brings the real Joan and her time to dramatic, moving and brilliant life.

Dan Jones, author of The Plantagenets
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Castor writes about the battles with astonishing beauty, making the complicated politics of the time unusually exciting and imbuing history with page-turning momentum.

Laura Feigel, Observer
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Helen Castor has brought back to life the fifteenth century's most famous woman . . . And she's done so with a true historian's care.

Lucy Worsley, Mail on Sunday 'My Book of the Year'

Helen Castor is a historian of medieval England, and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her first book, Blood & Roses, a biography of the fifteenth-century Paston family, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2005 and won the English Association’s Beatrice White Prize in 2006. Her second book, She-Wolves, was made into a BBC2 tv series.She lives…

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