MAID AND THE QUEEN: The Secret History of Joan of ArcNANCY GOLDSTONE Book Number: 85035 Product format: Hardback
Written on the 600th anniversary of Joan of Arc's birth, Nancy Goldstone weaves an incredible history of the transcendent Joan of Arc and the powerful Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Sicily: powerful women whose influence and lives are inextricably woven. Yolande of Aragon, one of the most compelling women in the Middle Ages, was stuck in the dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War. She championed the dauphin's cause against the forces of England and Burgundy and had a network of spies. Joan of Arc rose from poverty to become a mouthpiece of God and leader of the King's forces. This extraordinary book highlights the monumental events in their lives, including Joan of Arc's address to Charles at the royal court, and the instalment of a stained glass window of Yolande of Aragon at Le Mans' Cathedral, as well as explaining conflicts at the time, such as the battle of Agincourt and the siege of Orléans. Through this historical companion, discover fascinating insights into the trials and tribulations of these figures, from the importance of Joan of Arc's male clothing and her ability to ride as as a protective façade to maintain her virtue, and her divine message changing the course of history and ultimately leading to the coronation of Charles VII and the triumph of France. The power of Yolande stretched from French court to her role as executor of her husband, King Louis II's, will. With stunning black and white photos of medieval artwork illustrating important events, such as the execution of Joan of Arc, Goldstone, as with her previous works on Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily, and the Provençal sisters who ruled Europe, celebrates these two women with eloquence and gives them a platform in history that they truly deserve. 15.8 x 23.6cm, in-depth index, black and white images, 300pp.
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