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Joan of Arc Kindle Edition
As a young girl in a small village in France, Joan prayed daily that France would be delivered from the English and Burgundian invaders who were ravishing the country. When Joan was thirteen, she had a life-changing experience. The archangel Michael appeared in a vision and told her that she would save the kingdom of France and lead the dauphin (heir to the throne) to Reims Cathedral to be crowned king.
Calling herself the Maid of God, Joan set off to gather an army, win a number of crucial battles, and install the dauphin on the French throne. Although the king later deserted her when France’s enemies put her on trial for heresy and burned her at the stake, her bravery and faith inspired the French people and led them to victory.
Demi has drawn Joan’s battles and triumphs with exquisite detail inspired by the stained glass, architecture, painting, and sculpture of the fifteenth century.
Ages 8-11 Demi s biography of Joan of Arc contains bright illustrations evocative of the text and in the spirit of 15th century medieval art. In a note, Demi lists the books she has studied and the artwork that was inspiring to her. Sections of the text will be hard for some children to understand because of the names and some higher-level vocabulary. The book will be useful to students who need to know about Joan for reports, or for browsing the artwork. The story, however, will not be as useful or enjoyable. It gives the facts of her life and tells of her hearing the voice of God. Definitely purchase this book for the stunning artwork. Ellen Spring, Librarian, Rockland District Middle School, St. George School, Thomaston Grammar School, Maine. Recommended. --Library Media Connection, January/February Advanced Reviews --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B0074V39ME
- Publisher : Two Lions (February 6, 2012)
- Publication date : February 6, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 14935 KB
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- Print length : 56 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #919,991 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That said, my complaints are that this book is not very accurate. Joan was burned simply for cross-dressing, which the church allowed her to do based on context (she wore men's clothes to avoid molestation and rape while surrounded by men in prison or on the battlefield). The book mentions the cross-dressing but has a whole section about her "repenting" for signing a confession (which she couldn't read as she was illiterate), which wasn't even the point, but alludes this is what led to her sentencing somehow.
Furthermore, there are several pages dedicated to the king telling her to stay and her wanting to go home and how "her voices deserted her" as a result, implying she sinned by being obedient to her rightful leader/king.
I can't find any basis for this occurrence in other sources, I think the author used it to shoehorn in that God allowed her to be captured BECAUSE of this supposed mistake on Joan's part (which isn't accurate).
For most readers this won't significantly impact the otherwise accurate story of such an incredible woman, however, I think the author should have done better than making stuff up and getting significant details wrong.
That said, I love the illustrations, I just will be editing our family version to make sure the story is actually accurate/factual. Because Joan deserves better.