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The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc

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“Was she a saint or a witch? A visionary or a madwoman? Or an extraordinary peasant girl who, at Gods bidding, led an army, saved France, and paid the price by burning alive? . . . Kimberly Cutters portrait of ‘Jehanne as a strange, gritty teenage tomboy and true believer is compelling.” —USA Today

It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their paths, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And 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: Jehanne.

The story of Jehanne dArc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imaginations 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 to fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then 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.

“Impressive . . . Cutter evokes the novels medieval world with striking details.” —New York Times Book Review

“Joan of Arc, the teenage peasant girl who commanded a French army, was burned at the stake, and eventually declared a saint, exists in our collective imagination as more myth than human being . . . Cutter strips away the romanticism in favor of a more complex portrayal that raises some provocative questions.” —O Magazine

Synopsis:

A gorgeously written, gritty, sensual novel that captures a new Joan of Arc — the achingly young peasant woman long hidden behind the layers of history and legend

Synopsis:

Behind the girl rides her army of ten thousand warriors, all of them united by the same strange and feverish joy as they crash across the winter fields, through the white land and toward the shadowed stillness of the pines. She is seventeen, a peasant, unschooled, simple as a thumb. But on this morning, she is simply Gods arrow, shot across the winterland, brilliant and savage and divine. Unstoppable.

It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their paths, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And 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. Jehanne.

The story of Jehanne dArc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imaginations 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 to fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then 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.

Synopsis:

It is the fifteenth century, and France is under siege. 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. And 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. Jehanne.

The Maid is more than the story of Jehanne d'Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God to lead an army. Cutter's retelling of Jehanne-the girl-whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escape from a violent father and a forced marriage, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then thousands to follow her, is at once thrilling, unexpected, and heartbreaking.

About the Author

Kimberly Cutter received her MFA from the University of Virginia. She was the West Coast editor for W Magazine for four years. She has written for Harper's Bazaar, W, Vanity FairNew York Magazine, and Marie Claire, where she is currently a contributing editor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547844930
Subtitle:
A Novel of Joan of Arc
Author:
Cutter, Kimberly
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121016
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A gorgeously written, gritty, sensual novel that captures a new Joan of Arc — the achingly young peasant woman long hidden behind the layers of history and legend
"Synopsis" by , Behind the girl rides her army of ten thousand warriors, all of them united by the same strange and feverish joy as they crash across the winter fields, through the white land and toward the shadowed stillness of the pines. She is seventeen, a peasant, unschooled, simple as a thumb. But on this morning, she is simply Gods arrow, shot across the winterland, brilliant and savage and divine. Unstoppable.

It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their paths, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And 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. Jehanne.

The story of Jehanne dArc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imaginations 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 to fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then 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.

"Synopsis" by , It is the fifteenth century, and France is under siege. 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. And 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. Jehanne.

The Maid is more than the story of Jehanne d'Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God to lead an army. Cutter's retelling of Jehanne-the girl-whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escape from a violent father and a forced marriage, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then thousands to follow her, is at once thrilling, unexpected, and heartbreaking.

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