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Joan : the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint

Author: Donald Spoto
Publisher: New York : HarperSanFrancisco, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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According to biographer and theologian Spoto, Joan of Arc is a girl for the 21st century. She asserted and fought for the ideal that nations shouldn't invade and occupy others for the sake of empire building, a message to contemplate in today's political landscape. But it's unfair to read our contemporary concerns back into her 15th-century story, says Spoto. In this engaging and at times gripping biography, he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joan, of Arc Saint; Joan, of Arc Saint; Jeanne (d'Arc); Joan, of Arc Saint
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Spoto
ISBN: 0060815175 9780060815172
OCLC Number: 84655969
Description: xviii, 222 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Of war and occupation (1412-1423) --
Visions (1424-1427) --
Tomorrow, not later (January 1428-February 1429) --
Armor and a household (March-April 1429) --
The new Deborah (April-June 1429) --
"I won't fly away!" (May-July 1429) --
A leap of faith (August 1429-December 1430) --
Cunning and clothes (January-February 1431) --
A dress for a mass (March 1431) --
A matter of honor (April-May 1431).
Responsibility: Donald Spoto.
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According to biographer and theologian Spoto, Joan of Arc is a girl for the 21st century. She asserted and fought for the ideal that nations shouldn't invade and occupy others for the sake of empire building, a message to contemplate in today's political landscape. But it's unfair to read our contemporary concerns back into her 15th-century story, says Spoto. In this engaging and at times gripping biography, he examines Joan's life and particularly her faith in the face of a church threatened by her visions. Spoto details what is known or surmised about Joan's early life and military career, but the book's most fascinating aspect is the suspenseful day-by-day account of her year-long trial and conviction for heresy. Here we see the Maid's (as she called herself) sense of God's instructions for her life, and her efforts to obey God above all else, including earthly church authority. Spoto helps us understand her threat to political and ecclesiastical figures. The only person to have been condemned for heresy and later sainted, Joan of Arc continues to capture the popular imagination and is, Spoto argues, "the sign that God is free to act as He wills to act, not as we presume He ought to act."

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