Joan of Arc

A Life Transfigured
Author(s): Kathryn Harrison
Original Publish Date: Oct 28, 2014
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.67 hours)
Product Number: Z100077079
Released: Oct 28, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307876614
Narrator/s: Cassandra Campbell
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

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Author(s): Kathryn Harrison
Product Number EB00347251
Released: Oct 28, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385531221

Professional reviews

"Written by a novelist and true-crime writer, as opposed to an academic, this audiobook reports the facts but allows for conjecture, mythologizing, hearsay, and psychological interpretations of Joan of ArcÕs captivating life. Narrator Cassandra Campbell has a strong, assured voice that transforms the work from a basic history into an intriguing journey of faith and adventure. She reads at an unhurried pace and is careful to speak every word clearly, enabling listeners to become engrossed in the story. Campbell is just as at home with French as she is with English, and she brings a certain verve to the battle scenes and descriptions of JoanÕs miracles. The result is a fresh interpretation that deserves to be heard. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"