Sumptuously mounted, occasionally stirring account of the short but momentous life of Joan of Arc, which unfolded at the dangerous intersection of faith and politics. Born in 1413 in an isolated French village and raised amidst the turmoil of the
Hundred Years' War between France and England, Joan was a deeply religious child prone to visions. As a teenager she claimed God had commanded her to lead the son of France's late king, Charles VI, to the throne; Joan inspired French troops to beat back the English and saw Charles VII crowned.
Then, her usefulness outlived, the 19-year-old was abandoned by her king; she was eventually burned at the stake by the English, wh...