JOAN OF ARC by Tabatha Yeatts


Heavenly Warrior
Age Range: 10 - 13
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Yeatts, not a particularly skeptical biographer, portrays The Maid of Orléans as a Saint, as capable of bringing a dead baby back to life or prophesying accurately as she was of expertly conducting a siege and inspiring an army. A smooth blend of history and legend, it makes a compelling tale—especially when illustrated, as it is, with a mix of small but effective period images and documents, 19th-century paintings and modern photos of medieval locales, much in color. The author covers La Pucelle’s brief and glorious career from start to finish, highlighting Charles VII’s outrageous passivity and Joan’s heroic performance at her trial, then closes with a quick survey of her canonization and her place in literature and film. Brief one-page featurettes provide additional information on such topics as inquisition torture practices, the Maid’s physical appearance and coats of arms. Handsomely packaged and thoroughly researched, but no substitute for Polly Schoyer Brooks’ more acute and balanced Beyond the Myth (1990). (Biography. 10-13)

Pub Date: Feb. 3rd, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6542-1
Page count: 124pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2009