THE GIRL IN WHITE ARMOR by Albert Bigelow Paine
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First published in 1927, sitting (mostly) on shelves looking drab in recent years, this is a fluently written, thoroughly researched biography that merits its stylish new dress. As the life of anyone it would be noteworthy for the subtle integration of many sources into a compelling narrative; as the life of Saint Joan it is remarkable for its inherent, unforced reverence, making it acceptable to all shades of belief. Detail drawn from diverse witnesses results in a rich texture; the development Of background adds historical interest; recognition of weakness (in Joan's last illness) and of doubt (in her accusers) adds depth and poignancy to the tragedy. The book is attractively designed, appropriately mapped, and illustrated with Sketches that are dramatic without bathos. (And it is not as long as it appeared to be in the old edition.) Combining Spirit and substance, this is surely the most meaningful biography of Saint Joan for older girls.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Macmillan