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Joan of Arc: A History


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Helen Castor is a historian of medieval England and a Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her first book, Blood and Roses, was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the English Association's Beatrice White Prize. Her second book, She-Wolves, was selected as one of the books of the year by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Financial Times, and BBC History Magazine. She lives in London.


"An unorthodox yet erudite and elegant biography of this 'massive star.'"--Kirkus Reviews
"[A] vivid and intelligent biography ... hugely impressive. "-- Sunday Business Post
"An elegant, subtle biography of great historical integrity and sensitive understanding. Castor lets the humanity of Joan's story shine through."--Kate Mosse, Evening Standard (London)
"A book that shows vividly what Joan meant to those in her own time, politically and militarily...fascinating"--The New Yorker
"Castor creates a strong introduction to the courageous girl who swore she heard saints' voices, but also to the nation-rending struggle for power so fiercely waged that only that singular, obsessive teenager could finally save France...Recreates the heady atmosphere of the period."--Publishers Weekly
"Convincing and gripping...a highly satisfying biography...Castor's great coup is in framing this biography within another puts the women back into the story...Castor's book is an important way of returning Joan's 'star' to the realm where it belongs, the human one."--Amanda Foreman, New York Times Book Review
"Castor brings keenly observed historical details to the grandeur and drama of the political and religious turmoil of medieval Europe and an extraordinary young woman."--Booklist
"Castor's research is thorough and her account...always fascinating. Readers interested in history, rather than folklore, will find this detailed framing of Joan's story very rewarding."--Library Journal
"JOAN OF ARC: A HISTORY is popular history at its best: pacy, clear and undergirded with a formidable array of scholarly footnotes. Helen Castor shows how well it can be done."-- Daily Telegraph
"There have been many lives of Joan, and books about her times, some of them excellent. But none is quite like Castor's ... [her] book is a historian's achievement."--The Guardian
"Clear and elegant ... an engaging piece of popular scholarship that does not diminish Joan's star, but instead uses its light to illuminate a remarkable age."--Times Higher Education
"Compelling ... [Castor] succeeds triumphantly in rescuing [Joan] from the various straitjackets in which she has been confined ... a fascinating and privileged insight."--Sunday Times (London)
"A fascinating biography ... truly thrilling."--Daily Mail (London), Book of the Week
"Enlightening ... [an] elegant and vivid account."--The Times (London)
"...quite intriguing. This book is a great historical read."--Manhattan Book Review

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