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Popular Joan Of Arc Books

When Mark Twain wrote a novel about St. Joan of Arc, he left us one of the great conundrums of American literature. Today, fans of Twain still find themselves scratching their heads. How did the creator of American icons like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn come to write the life and death of a fifteenth-century French girl? Why would a man with so strained a relationship to Christianity write such an earnest novel about a Roman Catholic martyr?

Joan of Arc is one of those historical figures many people have heard of, but that not everyone knows all the details about. An illiterate French peasant girl, she claimed to have been visited by angels who instructed her to lead armies against the English. By age 16, she donned armor and was doing just that. But by age 19, at the height of her fame, she was put on trial and sentenced to death by fire. Her story has been reimagined in manga, movies, and countless books over the years.

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It was built about the same time she was born, but it contains a more poignant link to her exploits. In the midst of one of the oldest unaltered floors in an English church is a five-foot-long grave slab. Borgue died in July , a month and a half after a much more contested death, as Joan of Arc burnt before a vast crowd in the market place at Rouen. By de la Pole was home, his purse considerably lighter after paying a crushing ransom, but he would have been a natural host for this now-Anglophile scion of the French royal house. Poor Sir Matthieu did not live to follow his master back to France and see Bourges once more, but he found an honourable and tranquil grave in East Anglia. And now England and France are also at peace; only the Isles de la Manche remind us that once the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II ruled a kingdom spanning the Channel waters, a truly European power, whose centre might just as well have been Paris as Westminster.

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