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Joan of Arc and 'The Great Pity of the Land of France'

Moya Longstaffe

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Amberley Publishing
15 December 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; History; European history; Early history: c 500 to c 1450&1500
Joan of Arc's life and death mark a turning point in the destiny both of France and England and the history of their monarchies. `It is a great shame,' wrote Etienne Pasquier in the late sixteenth century, `for no one ever came to the help of France so opportunely and with such success as that girl, and never was the memory of a woman so torn to shreds.' Biographers have crossed swords furiously about her inspiration, each according to the personal conviction of the writer. As Moya Longstaffe points out: `She has been claimed as an icon by zealous combatants of every shade of opinion, clericals, anticlericals, nationalists, republicans, socialists, conspiracy theorists, feminists, yesterday's communists, today's Front National, everyone with a need for a figurehead. As George Bernard Shaw said, in the prologue to his play, The question raised by Joan's burning is a burning question still. ' By returning to the original sources and employing her expertise in languages, the author brings La Pucelle alive and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent - or indeed a great visionary, to be compared to Catherine of Siena or Francis of Assisi?
By:   Moya Longstaffe
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   350g
ISBN:   9781445696218
ISBN 10:   1445696215
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   15 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Moya Longstaffe is a retired Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Ulster, having previously taught at the universities of Bristol. Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt (Edinburgh), Caen and Belfast. She is the author of Metamorphoses of Passion and the Heroic in French Literature: Corneille, Stendhal, Claudel (Edwin Mellen Press) and The Fiction of Albert Camus: A Complex Simplicity (Peter Lang). She has researched the life and trial of Joan of Arc from primary sources over several years.

Reviews for Joan of Arc and 'The Great Pity of the Land of France'

'This book will delight both professional historians and anyone who likes a great story. This compelling read brings to life not only Joan of Arc herself but also the people of her time, with all their foibles and virtues.' -- Graham Gargett, Emeritus Professor of French Culture and Ideas, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford), RIA


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