Biographies & Memoirs

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose "voices" moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Dreyer, and Robert Bresson. Was she a divinely inspired saint? A schizophrenic? A demonically possessed heretic, as her persecutors and captors tried to prove?

Every era must retell and reimagine the Maid of Orleans's extraordinary story in its own way, and in Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, the superb novelist and memoirist Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan for our time—a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage, and self-confidence during a brutally rigged ecclesiastical inquisition and in the face of her death by burning. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.

Chapter 1. Life EverlastingIn the Beginning Was the Word

Chapter 2. Life EverlastingBy Angels’ Speech and Tongue

Chapter 3. Life EverlastingA Small, Nay, the Least, Thing

Chapter 4. The King’s Treasure

Chapter 5. Who Is This Then, That Wind and Seas Obey?

Chapter 6. Surrender to the Maid

Chapter 7. A Leaping Stag

Chapter 8. Black Horseman

Chapter 9. The Golden Cloak

Chapter 10. The Tower Keep

Chapter 11. A Heart That Would Not Burn

Chapter 12. Life Everlasting

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