Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

By: Nancy Wilson Ross
Published by: Random House
Publication Date: 1953
Series: Landmark Books
Series Number: W04

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Joan of Arc stands alone—history gives us no other person whose life and deeds can be compared with hers. Yet, so simple was she, and so lovable, that we can still feel her charm across the long centuries.

What was the secret of this uneducated little farm girl who, as she herself said, didn't "know A from B"? What gave her so much self-assurance, even in the face of ridicule and rebuffs? What made her think that she, of all the people in the world, could lead the armies of France to victory against their English and Burgundian enemies? By what strange power was she able to bring peace to France when hardened professional soldiers had failed?

For hundreds of years, people have been pondering these questions. Some find one answer, some answer—but all agree in their admiration for Joan's extraordinary courage and truthfulness.

In this book by Nancy Ross, we see Joan as she really was, and as she appeared to those who lived and fought with her. We hear her speak, we marvel at her courage, and we smile at her quick wit. We are happy when Joan is victorious, and our hearts ache when she fails.

Yet, although Joan was so real and so very human, something mysterious and strange set her apart from all others. Miss Ross tells us how various people have explained Joan's secret. She makes us understand, too, why not only France, but the whole world, has taken Joan the Maid to its heart.

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Joan of Arc Reprint

Joan of Arc
Reprinted in 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Available formats: Paperback
Series: Landmark Books (Random House Paperback Reprints) (Original Landmark Books)
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In Chapter 3 Joan is said to be thirteen in the reprint and twelve in the original. The original book has the following extra paragraph at the end of Chapter 5:

Perhaps her father's dream might be an instance of what today we call "telepathy," which is the communication of one mind with another by means we cannot explain "scientifically."

There may be other minor changes.

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