At 13, Joan of Arc began to hear the voices of saints. At 17, she rode into battle. And by 19, she was burned at the stake as a heretic. Almost 500 years later, she was declared a saint. Diane Stanley tells Joan's story with a lively, carefully researched text and sumptuous, gilded illustrations inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of that time ...Read MoreAt 13, Joan of Arc began to hear the voices of saints. At 17, she rode into battle. And by 19, she was burned at the stake as a heretic. Almost 500 years later, she was declared a saint. Diane Stanley tells Joan's story with a lively, carefully researched text and sumptuous, gilded illustrations inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of that time. Full color.Read Less
Diane Stanley. New. No Jacket Issued. Book CONDITION: NEW 1999 Scholastic large soft cover, first printing. Beautiful, historically correct color illustrations by the Author. CONTENT: Against the fascinating tapestry of Frances history during the Hundred Years' War, Diane Stanley unfolds the story of the simple thirteen-year-old village girl who in Just a few years would lead France to independence from English rule, and thus become a symbol of France's national pride. It is a story of vision and bravery, fierce determination, and tragic martyrdom. Diane Stanley's extraordinary gift to present historical information in an accessible and child-friendly format has never been more impressive, nor her skillful, beautifully realized illustrations (here imitating medieval illuminated manuscripts) more exquisite. Stanley wrintes wonderful biographies for kids. This is one of them. There are 2 pages at the end of the book detailing how King Charles finally got Joan's name cleared of heresy and why it took 500 years for the Church to name her "Saint." 1 copy.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-07-13 Stanley (Leonardo da Vinci) orchestrates the complexities of history into a gripping, unusually challenging story in this exemplary biography. As much a portrait of an age as of a person, her work here carefully and accessibly establishes the context of Joan's life, explaining the Hundred Years' War and its impact on ordinary people. Judiciously chosen details build atmosphere in both the text and the artworkŠpainstakingly wrought, gilded paintings modeled after the illuminated manuscripts of Joan's day. Providing a more rounded view than in Poole's biography (see above review), Stanley quotes Joan and her contemporaries (and cites her sources), describes pivotal moments in battle and insightfully chronicles Joan's trial, imprisonment, recantation, execution and posthumous rehabilitation. The immaculate paintings, too, testify to scrupulous research (cathedrals, weaponry, landscapes are accurately depicted) and artistry (for example, the paintings are shaped irregularly but symmetrically, like altarpieces). At the end, Stanley offers readers different theories about Joan's "voices," and concludes, "Sometimes, in studying history, we have to accept what we know and let the rest remain a mystery." Appealing to the audience's intelligence and imagination, this book stimulates an interest in both its particular subject, Joan of Arc, and history in general. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-01-07 "Appealing to the audience's intelligence and imagination, this book stimulates an interest in both its particular subject, Joan of Arc, and history in general," said PW in a starred review. Ages 7-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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