Joan of Arc: A Military Leader

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History Press, 2011 M09 30 - 256 pages
In 1428 a young girl from a small French village approached the royal castle of Vaucouleurs with a now famous tales. Heavenly voices, she said, had told her to seek out the Dauphin, Charles, so that he might give her an army with which to deliver France from its English occupiers. The ensuing tale of Joan's military success is told here in a gripping and authoritative narrative. 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 trooper of the Hundred Years War had done so before, and how was she able to win? This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Middle Ages and teh phenomenon of the girl warrior.

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A fairly brief (244pp incl copious endnotes) biography focusing on the military side of Joan's career. As biographers not uncommonly do, DeVries openly sympathizes with his subject and tends to ... Read full review

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The publication of this immensely readable book on the heels of Columbia Pictures' release of a major motion picture on Joan reflects our seemingly endless fascination with the Maid of Orleans. What ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Kelly Devries is an historian specializing in warfare of the Middle Ages. His books include Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century and Medieval Military Technology. He has been featured on the History Channel, and is a history professor at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland.

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