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Joan of Arc : the image of female heroism
Warner, Marina, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, [1981]

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xxvi, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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DC103 .W27 1981C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Joan has a unique role in Western imagination--she is one of the few true female heroes. Marina Warner uses her superb historical and literary skills to move beyond conventional biography and to capture the essence of Joan of Arc, both as she lived in her own time and as she has "grown" in the human imagination over the five centuries since her death. She has examined the court documents from Joan of Arc's 1431 Inquisition trial for heresy and woven the facts together with an analysis of the histories, biographies, plays, and paintings and sculptures that have appeared over time to honor this heroine and symbol of France's nationhood. Warner shows how the few facts that are known about the woman Joan have been shaped to suit the aims of those who have chosen her as their hero. The book places Joan in the context of the mythology of the female hero and takes note of her historical antecedents, both pagan and Christian and the role she has played up to the present as the embodiment of an ideal, whether as Amazon, saint, child of nature, or personification of virtue.

Author Notes

Marina Warner is a historian and writer; She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Mapp. xviii
Chronologyp. xxi
Prologuep. 3
Part 1 The Life and Death of Jeanne la Pucelle
1. Maid of Francep. 13
2. A Divided Realmp. 32
3. The King and His Crownp. 53
4. Prophetp. 77
5. Harlot of the Armagnacsp. 96
6. Hereticp. 117
7. Ideal Androgynep. 139
8. Knightp. 159
Part 2 The Afterlife of Joan of Arc
9. The Vindicationp. 185
10. Amazonp. 198
11. Personification of Virtuep. 218
12. Child of Naturep. 237
13. Saint or Patriot?p. 255
Bibliographical Notesp. 277
Indexp. 335