Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. Twain spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides: the French, for whom she raised an army to return the Dauphin to the throne, and the English, who fought the French in the Hundred Year's War and were ultimately Joan's executioners. This is a fascinating and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781483087955
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (960 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Anthony, M. (Michael)
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JCLJoyceM Mar 21, 2018

Mark Twain called this his best work, and that was my reason to open this novel. It is considered a well-researched biography of Joan of Arc, but is fiction told from the point of view of her childhood friend and secretary. Joan could neither read nor write and had no knowledge of war strategy, yet her presence united the French to victory in battle over the English.
The familiar Mark Twain comes through in the tall tales told by Joan’s soldiers discussing their triumphs. If you aren’t fascinated by battle maneuvers, the march forward becomes tedious. I finally conceded after seven of the 15 discs.


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