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Author DeVries, Kelly, 1956-

Title Joan of Arc : a military leader / Kelly DeVries.

Published Stroud : Sutton, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  944.026092 DEVR    DUE 03-07-20
Physical description xiv, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Inludes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 2. Why Joan of Arc Was Needed 8 -- 3. A Military Mission? 31 -- 4. Relieving the Siege of Orleans 54 -- 5. Cleaning Up the Loire 97 -- 6. Road to Reims 122 -- 7. Decline of a Military Leader 135 -- 8. End of a Military Leader 156 -- Genealogical Charts 190.
Summary In 1428 a young girl from a small French village approached the royal castle of Vaucouleurs with a now famous tale. Heavenly voices, she said, had told her to seek out the Dauphin of France, Charles, so that he might give her an army with which to deliver France from its English occupiers. Surprisingly, she was not only introduced to the dauphin, but, after an examination of her virginity by the queen and other ladies at court and an investigation of her mystical theology by eminent clerics, Charles gave her some troops and assigned her to the army attempting to relieve the English siege of Orleans. The ensuing tale of Joan's military successes at Orleans and elsewhere is here told in a gripping and authoritative narrative, accompanied by more than 60 illustrations.
Where previous works have concentrated on the religious and feminist aspects of Joan's career, this is the first to address the vital issue of what it was that made her the heroine she became. Why did the soldiers of France follow a woman into battle when no troops of the Hundred Years War had done so before and how was she able to win? The English called her whore, and believed her to be possessed, but her own troops trusted her without any proof of her abilities. And she did have very great abilities -- in particular her remarkable prowess as a military leader of men.
A new angle on one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures of history, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader is a must have book for anyone interested in the Middle Ages and the phenomenon of the girl warrior.
Subject Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431.
Christian women saints -- France -- Biography.
Christian saints -- France -- Biography.
France -- History, Military -- 1328-1589.
ISBN 0750918055 £20.00