Translated by Gerard Hopkins from the French edition first published in 1947, yet another addition to the wealth of material on St. Joan proves its value as a drawing on original sources for a felt and thorough biography that plumbs the depths of a character and its relation to the personal and social factors alive in her days. In an observing narrative that seems to reach into all the far corners of her life, M. Fabre recreates Joan as a shining, vital person whose realized power over others in an age of deep religious faith made her leadership natural. A quiet rather than emotional drama emerges from the account- of the life in Domremy, the visions, the battles and the victories that lead to the renunciation. In searching for the keys to the enigmas, this becomes a valuable political and religious study as well. A scholar's book that sheds more light on France and St. Joan and the tragic injustice done her.