The Maid and the Queen

The Maid and the Queen : The Secret History of Joan of Arc

3.75 (920 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$22.25

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

An exceptionally dramatic life of Joan of Arc and her previously unchronicled mentor, Yolande of Aragon.

How did an illiterate seventeen-year-old peasant girl manage to become one of histories most salient females? It is almost 600 years since Joan of Arc heard the voices of angels that would change her life for ever: in a breathtaking story her quest saved France from English domination and restored France's hereditary monarchy.

Just thirteen when her life was turned upside down, Joan's holy guidance led her on an arduous eleven-day journey into the unknown, restoring the Dauphin back to his original birthright in an official coronation, allowing him to resume his rule as France's legitimate king. Joan summoned and led an impressive army of French loyalists against the English; the siege at Orleans was an exhilarating English defeat that liberated the city. The following year witnessed Joan's capture by the enemy. After a series of heroic endeavours to escape cruel adversaries, she was subjected to trial by inquisition and then in Rouen, the heart of France, Joan's courageous journey came to a heartbreaking conclusion. This is the story at the core of centuries of myth-making.

But what if we no longer accept this tale? What if we question whether the Heavens and their angels were truly Joan's only source of strength and power? What if we demand a different narrative? This revisionist biography unearths the secular and verifiable basis for Joan's heroic exploits: Yolande of Aragon, a forgotten mentor. This is a story of not one life, but two; two lives that together were intertwined in the restoration of France's greatness.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 25mm | 306g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780220294
  • 9781780220291
  • 198,569

Black Friday Deals Week

Check out this week's discounts for Black Friday Deals Week. Shop now .

Review quote

An eye-opening book that shows that Joan was part of a greater narrative, much of its evidence taken from primary sources. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * Goldstone rewrites history with all the drama and pace of a good thriller. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * A convincing revisionist biography of Joan. * FAMILY TREE magazine * Nancy Goldstone's account is clear and she brings the dramatis personae to life in a most engaging way in this excellent history. * OXFORD TIMES * Gripping. * THE LADY * This new book attempts a revisionist sweep at the myth and proposes to unearth a secular basis for Joan's exploits in the form of her mentor, Yolande of Aragon. Ultimately, we can never know what really happened and this book is an entertaining look at what might have been. * CATHOLIC HERALD *
show more

About Nancy Goldstone

Nancy Goldstone is the author of FOUR QUEENS, JOANNA, THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, THE RIVAL QUEENS and DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN. She lives in New York.

Visit her website for more information: www.nancygoldstone.com.
show more

Rating details

920 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 22% (199)
4 41% (376)
3 31% (283)
2 5% (44)
1 2% (18)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X