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Joan of Arc: La Pucelle

by Craig Taylor Manchester University Press
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This important book offers a collection of documents on the historical figure Joan of Arc, who at the age of seventeen united France against England and at nineteen was put on trial and subsequently burned at the stake. Also known as La Pucelle, or the virgin, she is a figure well documented in literature, history and in popular culture. Nevertheless, this book will be the first to put many of the most important texts documenting her life together in a single volume, with some translated into modern English for the first time. Following a detailed and enlightening introduction by the author, the book adopts a chronological approach, starting with Joan’s childhood and her rise to prominence, her rise as a military leader, the trials which resulted in her death, and finally a section on the debate over Joan, looking at how she was remembered and recorded by her contemporaries after her death.

This book will encourage scholars and students to rethink this medieval figure and help them to engage in using sources, and recognise the limitations and the nature of various sources.

Chronological table
1. The life of Joan of Arc
2. The trial of condemnation (February to May 1431)
3. Debating Joan of Arc (1431-1450)
4. The nullification trial (1455-1456)
5. The memory of Joan of Arc
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Craig Taylor is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of York