Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor


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    summary Joan of Arc Helen Castor Ñ 8 read review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Helen Castor The two star rating that I'm giving Joan of Arc A History has nothing to do with the historical accuracy of the book On the contrary I found this to be an extraordinarily well researched and cited biographyUnfort

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    summary Joan of Arc Helen Castor Ñ 8 read review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Helen Castor For me this a book view spoiler sorry for the shocking revelation hide spoiler

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Helen Castor 35? Early July 2016 What if into the current chaos of the Labour Party appeared a preternaturally confident teenager without previous political involvement hogging publicity and insisting they could unify the party despite being academically unremarkable and in social class not fitting too well with either the diminishing core worki

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor Writing the biography of a medieval figure is always a difficult undertaking However the life of Joan the Maid is better documented than most

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Helen Castor summary Joan of Arc France in 1429 was a divided kingdom At war with the English on and off since 1337 with a weak king and a ruling class destroyed by the catastrophe of Agincourt it looked as if the English king would finally secure the throne of France The English held the capital and most of northern France and in league with Philip of Burgundy

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor I originally reuested this as an ARC from Netgalley because I enjoyed Helen Castor’s She Wolves but I never got round to it in time and ended up buying the book recently This is a bit too dry to be a story but Castor certainly “picked her way through the evidence choosing what to weave into a seamless story” It doesn’t spend much time in the narrative on talking about conflicting testimony apocryphal

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor This was an interesting look at the figure of Joan of Arc through the lens of the political forces of her era I knew virtually nothing about the 100 Year War prior to reading this

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor The Truth always Comes OutHats off to Helen Castor for telling the story of The Maid chronologically rather than en media res To tell the story from the perspective of en media res results in highlighted uestions and scrambled information To tell the story in chronological order allows for human fallibility tha

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Helen Castor More history than biographyHelen Castor begins this retelling of the life of Joan the Maid by explaining that although her story is better documented than most from this period it isn't always possible to take th

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    Joan of Arc (Free E–pub) ☆ Helen Castor Helen Castor Ñ 8 read review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ñ Helen Castor Unfortunately the tile of this book is deceiving The name may not had been the author’s original choice possi

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summary Joan of Arc ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF We all know the story of Joan of Arc A peasant girl who hears voices from God A warrior leading an army to victory in an age that believes women cannot fight The Maid of Orleans and the saviour. 35 Early July 2016 What if into the current chaos of the Labour Party appeared a preternaturally confident teenager without previous political involvement hogging publicity and insisting they could unify the party despite being academically unremarkable and in social class not fitting too well with either the diminishing core working class vote or the parliamentary party And somehow because everything s such a ridiculous mess that could barely get any worse and some people are desperate to try anything this teen gets appointed to manage a campaign for a by election that was never terribly likely to be won and under their direction it is won and support starts to growWhen writing this book Helen Castor didn t have such a handy contemporary analogy available to communicate the utter weirdness and unlikelihood of Joan s ascendancy to an audience who takes her for granted as a famous historical figure but that s the kind of context she sets out by spending the first third not on Joan but on the pandemonium of early fifteenth century French politics and war into which she walkedThe above imaginary left wing 2010s William Hague would be extremely unlikely to gain such traction due to their young age and would be told to go off and finish their GCSEs whilst doing a bit of youth party work and helping out with leafleting but being female in the fifteenth century Joan was even less likely to be taken seriously as a military leaderA accurate title for Helen Castor s book would be Joan of Arc in Political Context which okay sounds like an undergrad honours module but does give a fairer idea of the content as the casual reader expects something different from a short book on Joan and it is short about half the length is references I for one appreciated a refresher on the destructive machinations between Burgundy Armagnac and the English in early fifteenth century France But all these dukes and plots and battles are of less interest to many and there was so much potentially interesting material missing The introduction promises that information about Joan herself and her social environment will be forthcoming towards the end in witness statements at posthumous hearings but that turned out to be false hope what s here is scantyHowever if I d ever heard much before about the formidable Yolande of Aragon mother in law of the eventual Charles VII I d forgotten one of those medieval royal women whose Francis Uruhart like influence behind the scenes decided at least as much as any showy battle The way Castor s book reads it s as if Yolande was the grandmaster who over decades moved the players into place so the Hundred Years War could be endedCastor also includes some highly pertinent information about similar visionary and prophetic figures who had appeared in France in the years before Joan making pronouncements related to the war Some others who were current during Joan s short fame are also mentioned The following read like the key to why Joan was given her chance to be heard at court when so many like her were not Her message was the right one at the right time with Charles court on the retreat but she also fit a pattern already familiar to Yolande During that time holy voices had been raised across Europe to demand an end to the Church s agony and Yolande had learned at first hand that these spiritual leaders might be female as well as male In the 1390s for example her mother in law Marie of Brittany another strikingly formidable dowager duchess of Anjou had known a peasant woman named Marie Robine who had begun to receive messages from Godon 22 February 1398 that Marie Robine first heard a voice from heaven telling her that she must direct the king to reform the Church and end the schismBy April Duchess Marie was taking so close an interest in this divine instruction that she was present in St Michael s cemetery when Marie Robine had another visionMemories of her were still fresh when Yolande arrived in Provence in the following year and when the young duchess travelled north to the valley of the Loire she herself encountered another female visionary Jeanne Marie de Maill was a woman of noble birth who after her husband s death in 1362 had embraced a life of poverty and prayer as a recluse under the protection of a convent in ToursHer connections with the Angevin dynasty were so close that she stood godmother to one of Duchess Marie s sons Yolande s brother in law and she was twice granted an audience with the king first when Charles VI visited Tours in 1395 and again when she travelled to Paris in 1398Jeanne Marie spent time too with ueen Isabeau whom Jeanne Marie reprimanded for living in luxury while the people suffered and starved When Yolande met her she was already in her seventies but the two women spent enough time together that when Jeanne Marie died in 1414 Yolande was a witness at the canonisation hearingIt was good to see descriptions of Joan s battle tactics which were actually pretty repetitive but new to the conflict by aggressively taking the battle to the enemy when the Armagnacs had been too weary and disillusioned to do that for a long while When a GR friend read a book about the Hundred Years War a couple of months ago I wondered if Joan might have been a natural tactical genius in the same way as kids who are brilliant at chess Based on Castor s book that wasn t the case but she did seem to share some stereotypical traits with that type her adamancy that she was right her independent but repetitive thinking her disregard of gender norms and it s too easy to see this everywhere these days it all sounds a bit asperger s Not a concept of Joan I d ever previously consideredThat was all interesting but plenty else was lacking in the book I think a decent single volume study of Joan needs also to include the following What is known about daily life in villages like Domr my and for families like Joan s with a particular emphasis on how prolonged war affected them eg crop damage looting sons going to fight What were their interests in ending the war duh and what if anything might sway them to one side or another More material about young women in medieval France western Europe and social attitudes held by and about them Perhaps about religion I felt the book did a decent job of communicating how suffused medieval society was with religion and how everything in life was seen through its lens but some reviews on here suggest that could have been communicated better to general readers And then there s THE issue that meant I wouldn t round the rating up to 4 stars because it s a central part of interpreting Joan because it relates to a significant social issue today and because I expect a historian of Castor s generation to do better than this lazy lack of interdisciplinary enuiry That sort of department bound thinking should have waned with the retirement of those now in their seventies I should not have had to explain this to other people who ve read the book the book should have done it for me and to be honest I m cross that Joan is being taught without thisThe voicesThere is plenty of comparative psychology out there showing how thought processes presentations and interpretations of experience differ between cultures it s not just norms people s thinking and processing can itself be different It s possible that what a person now might experience as a memory or their own thoughts or a sense of received opinion built up over the years could have come into the mind of a medieval person as the voice of a supernatural beingIt s known that hearing voices is a common experience which doesn t necessarily mean there is any mental illness present see Hearing Voices Network the work of Richard Bentall The UK is ahead of the curve on this issue and there has been plenty about it in the Guardian Society over the years I knew of it before I ever thought to study psychology so even less excuse for Castor s failure to include this There s a lot of material around which can be very interestingly applied to Joan and which could also have the added contemporary benefit of destigmatisation work with readers of the book It doesn t reuire any definitive verdict about Joan though her organised behaviour does not tally well with early schizophrenia this is simply presenting contemporary knowlege relevant to one of the most controversial aspects of her as a historical figureI may have been spoiled for all other history books by reading Ronald Hutton s Pagan Britain immediately prior to this one Hutton may not be the most telegenic of historians but on paper his fairness humanity and attention to detail is IMO unmatched At least as much of its topic Pagan Britain is a history of interpretations and the reasons behind them and Castor s book felt so meagre by comparison it presented a straight narrative without elucidating within the text why this version was chosen without looking at different possible opinions on anything I simply wasn t enthused enough to go burrowing in the un numbered references Yes the books are for different audiences but the old school political history content and serviceable writing style in Joan of Arc simply don t provide the excitement that should in a C21st popular history book that doesn t bother presenting different views on the storyOn the other side from my historiographical doubts Joan of Arc was also emotionally harrowing I read most of it fairly uickly but coming up to her capture I could hardly bring myself to pick up the book and despite having said to myself I d finish it in three days or fewer took a day and a half longer because I was doing almost anything else apart from read those bits I also once played her as scripted by Bernard Shaw which made this feel intensely close than the average history It was the cross examinations that were most horrible and wearing to read I had long read between the lines of other versions that Joan would have been sexually assaulted but Castor puts the details in the open along with how normal this behaviour was considered by her captors and it was curious the extent to which her male clothing appeared to have protected her that she seemed to have become fair game simply by putting on a dress even though the men always knew she was female Something else that a better look at the social history may have explainedFrom the first the book was also a reminder of how bloody chaotic medieval European history actually was cities changing hands the level of instability and unpredictability of life Of course this is why I was never that drawn to medieval political history some of the social history the Black Death really interests me though It s just too much whereas early modern had a rhythm that suited me and by the eigteenth and nineteenth century as with the Greeks and Romans things had got too boring without being interestingly modern enough This is not a bad book its presentation of a complex episode of political history is clear and methodical and would be ideal for A level students or first year undergrads getting their heads round the chain of events but there is too much missing here for it to be anything like the current popular work on Joan It adds something to the field by its reconnecting her with the political and military environment in which she spent her fleeting career but not unlike Castor s TV documentary presenting stint I saw not long before reading the book which she had the luck and misfortune to co host with Lucy Worsley and in that situation who isn t going to come off as the one with less spark it was fine and competent but not enthralling when one can see how it may be done better

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summary Joan of Arc ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Of France Burned at the stake as a heretic at the age of just nineteen Five hundred years later a saint Her case was heard in court twice over One trial in 1431 condemned her; the other twenty. Writing the biography of a medieval figure is always a difficult undertaking However the life of Joan the Maid is better documented than most largely due to the transcripts of her trial for heresy and the subseuent investigation which cleared her name twenty five years after her death Author Helen Castor attempts not only to tell her story but to put her life and death in context within the history of a turbulent time for France by interpreting the trial transcripts and of making clear the religious beliefs of the timeThe book begins with the battle of Agincourt of feuds and factions and France a fractured kingdom It is important to point out that Joan herself does not put in an appearance during the first part of this book However for many readers myself included who know little about the events of this time understanding the politics and factions that abounded at the time help set the scene We first read of Joan s appearance at about a uarter of the way into this read when she arrives at Chinon having tried unsuccessfully to reach the king the previous year It is now 1429 and Joan a village girl still in her teens in men s clothes says she has been sent by God not just to instruct the king but to help him recover his kingdom from the English If only the king would give her an army she would drive the English out of France and lead him to his coronation This message obviously puts Charles in a uandary if he followed a false prophet this would lead to disaster In the same way rejecting a true prophet would be eually catastrophic Time and again Joan had to prove herself Initially she had to prove her integrity her maidenhood her faith and habits to Charles She was uestioned by theologians and had to try to prove her authenticity before undertaking her mission Joan travelled to Orleans and the scarred and hungry town reacted with hope to the news of this miraculous maid coming to save them Indeed the siege was lifted within four days and it seemed a miracle This book follows her onwards always trying to convince those around her to fight against English rule and on to her capture As a prisoner accused of heresy she again faced of interrogation Only this time she was not arguing to help her king but effectively to save her life If she was found guilty she would burn if not she might be spared This is a fascinating read which really puts the life of Joan of Arc is historical perspective It gives great background looks at Joan as an icon a saint a heroine and a woman who fought in a man s world It examines what she achieved gives insight into her trial and how remarkably self possessed she was despite her age and shows with real poignancy how vulnerable she was Although I do feel I know much about Joan and her place in history and understand why the author approached her story in the way she did I did feel at the end that I might have liked to have read about her life before she entered the historical arena by approaching the king I understand why the author used the trial transcripts to look at her personal history and that we are lucky so much remains to help reconstruct her life but I felt that although I understood her I still did not really know this elusive young woman Overall though this is an enjoyable and readable biography which is especially good for those who know little about the historical period in which Joan of Arc lived Lastly I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review

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summary Joan of Arc ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Five years after her death cleared her name In the transcripts we hear first hand testimony from Joan her family and her friends a rare survival from the medieval world What could be revealing. The Truth always Comes OutHats off to Helen Castor for telling the story of The Maid chronologically rather than en media res To tell the story from the perspective of en media res results in highlighted uestions and scrambled information To tell the story in chronological order allows for human fallibility that does notdoes not need lead to character assassinationWhat a boon to biographers and their readers that so much documentation was recorded and kept for church records At the reuest of Bishop Cauchon a notary and his assistant Produced an official transcript of the proceedingsGathered correspondenceAppended witness statementsAppended public letters which announced Jean s executionCan there be a complete record of a woman of the Middle Ages Even during the earlier part of the Early Modern Period such records were often non existent for women of middling to high statusAbout Time the story got told chronologically RIP Joan The Maid

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