Maiden General: How a 17-year-old Joan of Arc Saved France at Orleans: A True Story

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The year is 1429 and the English have been attempting to annex France since long before Joan can remember, and since 1419 trying to illegitimize its crown prince (the Dauphin). Joan, 17 years old and a pious young woman, runs away from home in order to attempt an impossible mission from God-have herself appointed as a French field general and lead her country to victory over the English. She knows she's small in stature, of low birth, illiterate, and has no knowledge of war or politics. Nonetheless, like her hero, the Blessed Virgin Mary, she says "yes" to God and, determined to succeed, sets off to prevent a major English victory at Orléans. Like Michael and Jeff Shaara's historical fiction models, this book chronicles Joan's every perilous step from the harsh road away from her parent's farm to the Dauphin's heavy-handed investigation to determine if she's a witch or virgin. It also portrays the indignity she suffers at the royal court as well as the anger and hysteria among veteran French generals with the announcement of her elevation to knighthood. Then, at its heart, Maiden General takes readers through the week long Battle of Orléans-Joan's failures, her wounds, her indomitable courage, and finally her impossible and miraculous victory.

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"A new biography of Joan of Arc provides a granular account of her young personality.  This new book examines the life of Jehanne laPucelle, popularly known as Joan of Arc. The French ultimately prevailed in Orléans, and Jehanne was considered by many to be a deciding factor in the newfound fortune of the French.  MacCarthy. . . furnishes a novel-like fictionalization of Jehanne's life that attempts to plumb her inner thoughts, and not merely offer the historical details of her deeds. He begins with her early life on the family farm in Lorraine, and carefully charts the development of her commitment all the way through the battle of Orléans, which is vividly described.. . . .  The tale. . . is . . . told briskly, delivering cinematic action and suspense, which should keep readers gripped. . . [T]he book provides a captivating historical dramatization, with the emphasis on drama.  One of the most psychologically ambitious . . . biographies of Joan of Arc available."  --Kirkus Reviews

This novel based on Joan of Arc has a descriptive and well-crafted setting,and dialogue that is not only true to the period, but also works to help developeach character. Based on real people and events, the story is well plotted, thecharacters fully developed -- and the author is true to history. This book willappeal and be an enjoyable read to lovers of historical fiction. --BookLife

An exceptionally well crafted historical novel, Maiden General is aninherently fascinating, informative, and entertaining read -- and one thedemonstrates author Mike MacCarthy's impressive body of knowledge with respectto the young French girl who would forever be known as Joan D'Arc! Of specialnote is the inclusion of maps and illustrations, a bibliography, a timeline forJehanne la Pucelle, and the Julian Calendar of 1429. Very highly recommended forcommunity library Historical Fiction collections.--Midwest Book Review

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