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Faber & Faber - Historian Helen Castor reveals the real Joan of Arc
Faber & Faber

Historian Helen Castor reveals the real Joan of Arc

In her new book, acclaimed historian and BBC broadcaster Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves, brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing fifteenth century France apart. In this interview she describes how she came to write the book, and what it was like to de-mythologise the great icon.

The book is a portrait of a 19-year-old peasant who hears voices from God; a teenager transformed into a warrior leading an army to victory, in an age that believed women should not fight. And it is also the story behind the myth we all know, a myth which began to take hold at her trial: that of the Maid of Orleans, the saviour of France, a young woman burned at the stake as a heretic, a woman who five hundred years later would be declared a saint.

Joan and her world are brought vividly to life in this refreshing new take on the medieval world.
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