The Maid

The Maid

A Novel of Joan of Arc

Book - 2012
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Joan of Arc was the girl who led an army ... the peasant who crowned a king ... the maid who became a legend ...

In the 15th century, the tumultuous Hundred Years War rages on. English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their path, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. But in the quiet of her parents' garden in Domrémy, a peasant girl sees a spangle of light and hears a powerful voice speak her name.

The story of Joan of Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God to lead an army and save her country, has captivated our imagination 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 fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade 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.

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2012.
ISBN: 9781611733112
Characteristics: 431 pages ;,22 cm


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Jul 21, 2019

I've always had this thing about Jeanne d'Arc - hence the artwork in my dining room - so while this didn't break any new ground for me, I found it enjoyable and interesting. My favorite work about her is still George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, which Cutter mentioned in her acknowledgments. I read some reviews on goodreads and some people were disturbed that Joan was - well, kind of unlikable. This must be evident from original sources because Saint Joan and other books I've read have also portrayed her as horribly vain, obnoxiously pushy, and mind-boggingly self-centered. That's why she's so intriguing. Who wants a prettified version of this fascinating, ageless, saintly girl warrior?

Feb 16, 2016

This was just terrible, in my opinion. The writing was stilted, it was difficult to slog through, and it seemed superficial. The main character was also somewhat unlikeable, which didn't jive with all these faithful followers. Very slow reading.

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