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The Maid

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It is the early part of the fifteenth century and the tumultuous Hundred Years War rages on. The French city of Orleans is under siege, English soldiers tea rthrough the countryside wreaking destruction on all who cross their path, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And in the quiet of her parents' garden in Domremy, a twelve-year-old peasant girl, Jehanne, hears a voice that will change her life - and the course of European history.

The tale of Jehanne d'Arc, the saint and warrior who believed she had been chosen by God to save France, and who led an army of 10,000 soldiers against theEnglish, has captivated our imagination for centuries. But the story of Jehanne- the girl - whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escapefrom her violent father and a forced marriage, who taught herself to ride, andfight, and lead, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to convincefirst one, then two, then tens, then thousands to follow her, is at oncethrilling, unexpected and heart-breaking.

Sweeping, gripping and rich with intrigue, betrayal, love and valour, The Maid is an unforgettable novel about the power and burden of faith, and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 210g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408821869
  • 9781408821862
  • 765,103

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"Behind the girl rides her army of ten thousand warriors, all of them united by the same strange and feverish joy as they crash across the winter fields, through the white land and toward the shadowed stillness of the pines. She is seventeen, a peasant, unschooled, simple as a thumb. But on this morning, she is simply God's arrow, shot across the winterland, brilliant and savage and divine. Unstoppable."
It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years' War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their paths, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And in the quiet of her parents' garden in Domremy, a peasant girl sees a spangle of light and hears a powerful voice speak her name. "Jehanne."
The story of Jehanne d'Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imaginations for centuries. But the story of Jehanne--the girl--whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escape from a violent father and a forced marriage, who taught herself to ride and to fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then thousands to follow her, is at once thrilling, unexpected, and heartbreaking. Rich with unspoken love and battlefield valor, "The Maid" is a novel about the power and uncertainty of faith, and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame.
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"A fiery portrait of one of history's most exalted heroines. Cutter's lavish imagery is outstanding and her dynamic characters are truly absorbing. The Maid is a triumphant re-imagining of a courageous, faithful and remarkably resilient woman." --Amanda Foreman, author of "Georgiana "and "A World on Fire"
"The Girl who led an Army"
"The Peasant who crowned a King,
The Maid who became a Legend"
"Cutter brings fresh insight to the story of Joan of Arc in this dynamic page-turner . . . The exhilaration of her many triumphs on the battlefield, the bloody combat, the deadly jealousies and political machinations that begin her undoing, and her tragic end are portrayed with vivid imagination and brio. In this stunning debut, Cutter pays vibrant homage to this legendary woman."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
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'A gallopingly evocative adventure novel about Joan of Arc' Guardian
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'A gallopingly evocative adventure novel about Joan of Arc' * Guardian * 'Unputdownable' * Independent * 'An entertaining and triumphant re-imagining of a courageous, faithful and remarkably resilient woman' * Amanda Foreman * 'A compassionate, unsentimental take on the peasant girl who led the French army' * Grazia *
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About Kimberly Cutter

Kimberly Cutter has written for Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine, Vanity Fair, Men's Vogue, New York Magazine, and The London Telegraph. From 2000 to 2004 she was the West Coast Editor for W Magazine. In 1998, she received her master's degree in fiction writing from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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4 33% (708)
3 36% (770)
2 13% (277)
1 4% (79)
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