Joan has a unique role in Western imagination--she is one of the few true female heroes. Marina Warner uses her superb historical and literary skills to move beyond conventional biography and to capture the essence of Joan of Arc, both as she lived in her own time and as she has "grown" in the human imagination over the five centuries since her death. She has examined the court documents from Joan of Arc's 1431 Inquisition trial for heresy and woven the facts together with an analysis of the histories, biographies, plays, and paintings and sculptures that have appeared over time to honor this heroine and symbol of France's nationhood. Warner shows how the few facts that are known about the woman Joan have been shaped to suit the aims of those who have chosen her as their hero. The book places Joan in the context of the mythology of the female hero and takes note of her historical antecedents, both pagan and Christian and the role she has played up to the present as the embodiment of an ideal, whether as Amazon, saint, child of nature, or personification of virtue.
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I love the way Warner speaks about stories and story-telling. I always judge academics by how personable their writing is, to which extent they're trying to make their own opinions sound more intelligent by using impressive words.
'Visions, by their very nature, cannot usually be verified by someone else, although Joan in her uniqueness thought they could be.' p.77I love the slight sarcasm here while she also stays quite sweet. Joan of Arc is a fascinating historical character and my sister always loved her as well!
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