Press Release: Joan of Arc
With a new foreword by the author
‘With elegant bravado, Helen Castor hacks through the different accounts, giving blood and sinew to a figure sassier than her saintly legend’
Fearless warrior, religious fanatic, fierce patriot: the familiar story of Joan of Arc is remarkably retold in Helen Castor’s best-selling account. It is now available in an incredible Folio Society edition.
In deeply religious 15th century France, a female visionary such as Joan of Arc was not unusual, but her ascendance to military leadership and the victory she secured made her legendary. Over the intervening centuries, Joan has been mythologised and her story often retold without its wider historical context. In her meticulously researched book, Helen Castor begins her tale at the beginning of the fifteenth century, in the midst of the Hundred Years War. The long-standing rift between the Armagnacs and Burgundians threatens the stability of the entire French kingdom and is paving the way for an English king to seize control. This fascinating history is essential to understanding the ferocity of Joan’s desire to follow God’s instruction and unite the warring factions of her countrymen, in order to turn the tide and evict the English from France.
Castor’s previous Folio title, She-Wolves, was a bestseller and Folio has worked closely with the author on this new illustrated edition of the equally absorbing Joan of Arc. Illustrated using incredible archive documents, paintings and illuminations, Castor’s account features lavish portraits of key figures – including John the Fearless and Philip the Good – as well as bloody battle scenes, the sole surviving image of Joan made within her lifetime, and an example of her signature. The stunning cloth binding is blocked with a striking silver portrait of Joan in full armour.
Bound in blocked cloth with a design by Neil Gower. Set in Centaur. 336 pages. Colour frontispiece, full-page map, and 16 pages of colour plates. Printed endpapers. Blocked slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝.
UK £39.95 US $59.95 Can $75.00 Aus $79.95
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