The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc (Hardcover)

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?Attention, ?Game of Thrones’ fans: The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politics?double-crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self-interest?are in abundant evidence in Nancy Golds...

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Nancy Goldstone's previous books include Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe and The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily. She has also coauthored five books with her husband, Lawrence Goldstone. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

?Attention, ?Game of Thrones’ fans: The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politics?double-crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self-interest?are in abundant evidence in Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen.” (Laura Miller, Salon.com)

Politically astute, ambitious, and beautiful, Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War, Yolande championed the dauphin's cause against the forces of England and Burgundy, drawing on her savvy, her statecraft, and her intimate network of spies. But the enemy seemed invincible. Just as French hopes dimmed, an astonishingly courageous young woman named Joan of Arc arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom, claiming she carried a divine message-a message that would change the course of history and ultimately lead to the coronation of Charles VII and the triumph of France.

Now, on the six hundredth anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, this fascinating book explores the relationship between these two remarkable women, and deepens our understanding of this dramatic period in history. How did an illiterate peasant girl gain access to the future king of France, earn his trust, and ultimately lead his forces into battle? Was it only the hand of God that moved Joan of Arc-or was it also Yolande of Aragon?

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ISBN 9780670023332
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty
Format Hardcover
Pages 296
Publisher Date 2012-03-29 00:00:00.0
Publisher Viking Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 10.0 in
Wdth 7.0 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 1.15 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Secret History of Joan of Arc
Audience General/trade
Authors Goldstone, Nancy

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