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Joan of Arc


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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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