Few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work. Twain spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan’s unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides: the French, for whom she raised an army to return the Dauphin to the throne, and the English, who fought the French in the Hundred Year’s War and were ultimately Joan’s executioners. This is a fascinating and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country’s greatest storytellers.
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I read this long ago in 6th Grade...
I read this so very long ago but I recall it to be, as I was and am still obsessed with Joan, this was as of that time and to this day the best read on her I had yet to find. Mark Twain, thank you for not always being humorous. Authors who depart from their expected mode often are as with this disliked and later discarded. In this case it is a shame. It was a valuable read and ever will be. I don't know how well it is read in this audio but I will find out...!
I have studied and read about Joan of Arc at great lengths. This is one of the best!
This audiobook is wonderful. I highly recommend it if you want to really know the story of St. Joan of Arc. The narrator is fabulous and keeps the story moving along without dragging. I have listened to it twice and love every chapter.