About The Book
Joan of Arc was fourteen when she first heard the voices. She was seventeen when she took command of the armies of France—a peasant girl in the early fifteen century in charge of a nation’s forces. At nineteen she was captured by the British and tried as a witch by a church court. Before her twentieth birthday she was burned at the stake. In 1920 she was canonized as a saint.
Vita Sackville-West fervently tells the story of one of history’s most legendary women. Relying on the detailed records from her trial, Sackville-West reconstructs the scenes of the story: the slow growth of Joan’s convictions, the great victories, and the pathos of her death.
“[A] book in which the most dramatic, significant, moving and inexplicable life story in secular history is told quietly and authoritatively, not merely in the manner of a story, but deeply studied and beautifully rendered.”—The New York Times
‘sackville-West handles her ample material with confidence and skill. . . . Not only are the events narrated with admirable clarity; the portrait that emerges is an impressive as it is satisfactory, and the speculation intelligent, if cautious.”—Times Literary Supplement