The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc

The Maid and the Queen The Secret History of Joan of Arc Attention Game of Thrones fans The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politics double crosses ambushes bizarre personal obsessions lunacy and naked self interest are in abundant eviden

  • Title: The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
  • Author: Nancy Goldstone
  • ISBN: 9780143122821
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Attention, Game of Thrones fans The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politics double crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self interest are in abundant evidence in Nancy Goldstone s The Maid and the Queen Laura Miller, Salon Joan of Arc, the brave peasant girl who heard the voices of angels and helped restore her Attention, Game of Thrones fans The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politics double crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self interest are in abundant evidence in Nancy Goldstone s The Maid and the Queen Laura Miller, Salon Joan of Arc, the brave peasant girl who heard the voices of angels and helped restore her king to the throne of France, astonished her contemporaries and continues to fascinate us today Until now, though, her relationship with Yolande of Aragon, the ambitious and beautiful queen of Sicily mother in law to the dauphin has been little known In a stunning work filled with intrigue, madness, and mysticism, Nancy Goldstone solves the thrilling mystery by showing that if you pry open the Queen s secrets, you will find the Maid s Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War, Yolande of Aragon championed the dauphin s cause As French hopes dimmed, a courageous young woman arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom But how did she gain an audience with a king Was it only God s hand that moved Joan of Arc or was it also Yolande of Aragon s

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    1. This book reads a bit like a history book, which is appropriate for the subject matter. Lucky for me, I quite enjoyed the prose. I found the majority of the book compelling and very interesting. I learned a lot more than I thought I would about the life of Joan of Arc. I thought I had a pretty firm grasp on the majority of her story but much to my delight, there was a lot that I did not know. There are a handful of artwork and early depictions of the subjects included in the book which I found r [...]


    2. Dense with detail, this non-fiction book showcases the lives of two powerful women who played very prominent roles in the Hundred Years' War. They were the legendary Joan of Arc and Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Sicily (known as the Queen of Four Kingdoms). If you thought that women were powerless in the middle ages, this book might change your view.It was Yolande who finalised the terms for a betrothal between Charles, the third son of the King of France, and Yolande's daughter Marie when they we [...]


    3. I'm not sure why people are tagging this as historical fiction, because it's being marketed as non-fiction and was certainly in the library and bookshop as non-fiction. Nor is it written as though it were fiction, and it has a wealth of footnotes and a bibliography which suggests a great deal of research. Certainly I can understand being a little dubious about some of the claims made -- it's really hard to figure out what exactly people thought and said to each other back during the Hundred Year [...]


    4. If you read one book about Joan of Arc, it should not be this one. If you read three, though, this should be the third.First read Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror" to get the best possible picture of the Maid and her times. Then read "Joan of Arc: Her Story" by Pernoud to appreciate the depth of her achievement. Then you should read this book and find out what REALLY happened.This is the story of Yolande of Aragon, Joan's secret patron and maybe the one who set the whole thing up. This is political r [...]


    5. Joan of Arc will most likely be the reigning superhero of women to come for many generations. Displaying courage equal or even surpassing that of her male counterparts; Joan is a role model, inspiration, and compelling historical figure. Nancy Goldstone attempts to look at her hidden motives and connection to Yolande of Aragon in “The Maid and the Queen”.The first notable characteristic displayed by Nancy Goldstone is “The Maid and the Queen” is an eloquent language/writing style. Goldst [...]


    6. WOW! I thought I had a half way decent understanding about the French monarchy, but I was wrong! When it comes to Joan of Arc, most of the history books focus on her, but this book really puts her into the larger picture. As much as Joan's story is tragic, her accomplishments and her downfall, were partly politically allowed to happen, as it suited those with power in their hands. She was a catalyst for change in France. And I really like the way the author finished off the stories of some of th [...]


    7. Finally! For years I've been waiting for a book about Joan of Arc that tells the history without relapsing into religious ecstasy. Goldstone delivers this and so much more in this historical account of France's turning point during the 100 Years War. I bought this book not knowing who the Queen was, her important role in Charles VII's life, or her association with Joan. I was surprised to learn that the story of Yolande of Aragon puts this formidable woman on a par with Eleanor of Aquitaine, yet [...]


    8. Having enjoyed Goldstone's previous work on the Provencal family and Joanna of Sicily, I was wary about this new "secret history" aspect. While we will never be able to ascertain the extent to which Joan of Arc might have been groomed and sponsored by insiders at court, Goldstone presents the case for Yolande of Aragon taking advantage of Charles VII's insecurities, the existence of prophecies and some slick PR moves to leverage things in favor of the Armagnacs and the king. Although the middle [...]


    9. What starts as a bio of Yolande ends up becoming a history of the Bourbons and the players of the Hundrd Years' War because their really isn't a lot of solid info about Yolande and even less about Jeanne d'Arc outside of her trial testimony. Speculations comprise a large portion of the prose. If you're looking for a book solely about these 2 ladies, it's not here - however there IS a bunch of interesting French history to learn instead.


    10. Excellent non-fiction historical detailing of all the interplay surrounding the French monarchy during the years bridging the French Civil War & the 100 Years War. It is the detailed history of Yolande's (Queen of Sicily)support and pivotal role in the eventual outcomes. Not just in battle support but in the safe haven for Charles, the Dauphin. Joan of Arc's mission was to crown this very Dauphin and reunite the French under his monarchy. The voices told her this.The research is amazing in i [...]


    11. This was not so much a biography or history of Joan of Arc, as a chronicle of the role Yolande of Aragon played during this part of the Hundred Years War between England and France, and her determination to have her son-in-law, Charles, crowned King of France. The research was excellent but alas, I didn't learn anything new, anything I already didn't know. Joan's mockery of a trial and her execution didn't change the war or its outcome; they had no effect save that the English and Burgundians go [...]


    12. Great, well-researched theory on how Joan of Arc came to play her role in history. Heavy on well researched details, this read as a history book (not my favorite form of learning!) but compelled me to the end. What an era of bought and paid for soldiers, nobles positioning for their status and possessions, skewed (at least by today's standards) intersections between church and law. No wonder the peasants revolted! Joan of Arc must have been a remarkable woman, unfairly treated by the laws of man [...]


    13. Obviously, when one is writing a biography of a historical figure, one of the main things to keep aware of is the crucial need to remain balanced and as impartial as is possible; don't get too attached to who you're writing about, and certainly don't get swept up in some kind of reverent hysteria comparable to which Joan of Arc inspired in those who followed her into battle.One thing I can say, is that if Nancy Goldstone (the author) was in the midst of the Hundred Years War in France, is that s [...]



    14. Queen Yolanda illustrates how women in the middle ages wielded power. Coming from a childhood of privilege, she married into an even more wealthy and powerful family. In her husband's absence she managed estates, collected rents and resolved disputes among other nobles all the while raising children to assume thrones and leadership roles. When her husband died she took a larger diplomatic role, advising the would be king (even when he ignored the advice) negotiated marriages and worked to free a [...]


    15. I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. If all historic accounts were written by Goldstone, I would happily pick up each one to read. I'll definitely be looking at other books she wrote. History is full of so many interesting and crazy stories, but in school it seems to only be about names and dates. Goldstone captured the events of this time in such a clear, interesting, and easy-to-follow way that I eagerly turned the page looking forward to learning more.History is not my strong point, [...]


    16. Fascinating read! I don't feel I can write a review to do it justice, though, because I had too many interruptions (life, darn it!) while reading through. It covers a lot of complicated history (so many battles and characters to keep straight!) so you have to have your A game focus while reading this one. The tongue-in-cheek humor (reminiscent of Monty Python's "The Holy Grail") Ms. Goldstone employs, while laying out the facts, makes for an enjoyable read:".lly she arrived at the king's apartme [...]


    17. I enjoyed this book, but found the title and premise misleading. The book focuses way more on Yolande of Aragon than Joan, which is fine - I knew nothing about Yolande, who turned out to be an amazing woman I'm glad I learned about. ButThere is so little evidence to support the author's "secret history" theory that I'm surprised the publishers let her go through with it. It's tenuous at best, and one of the pieces of supporting evidence left me scratching my head. During Joan's trial, her examin [...]


    18. I am familiar with the story of Joan of Arc but not the back story of how she received a strong push from a woman named Yolande of Aragon. Yolande is a mystery to me. She was strong, smart, convincing, and a great chessmaster. I call her a chessmaster because in order to play the game of chess you have to be strategic, patient, have a good game plan and anticpate your opponent's moves. Also as the saying goes "Behind every great man is a great woman". However as much as I liked learning about Yo [...]


    19. We read books like “The Maid and the Queen” because we are interested in what happened in the past. But why? Why are we interested? Is it of any consequence at all the story of a peasant girl who became a prophetess, a prophetess who commanded armies, a commander who saved a king, a savior who became a prisoner, a prisoner who was dubbed a heretic – and a heretic who became a saint? What does any of this have to do with the world we live in today, so far removed from the feudal battles of [...]


    20. What I liked was: I learned more about Joan, Yolande and the 100 years war and the book was fairly easy reading, but on the whole I disliked the book a bit more than I liked it. Why? Well, history is written by the winners and although I am sure Joan was a good person and poorly treated I thought her portrayal was a bit too good to be true, it was too positive and didn't put Joan into a historical perspective enough. She was a martyr but there were many other martyrs and heretics in the period a [...]


    21. It was interesting to learn of the role of Yolande of Aragon, her mother in law Marie of Blois and how women were used as pawns in the negotiation of peace between those detined to inherit these lands of Europe, so women were the peacemakers in more ways than one and Joan of Arc's way quite different from that of the nobility.However, in between the things that interested me and stood out in terms of learning was some drudgery in trying to get through it. Actually, I ended up wishing that the st [...]


    22. I actually finished this a week ago, but I have just not been in the mental place to write a review. I'm still not, tbh, but I don't like leaving this just sitting here, so. This was an incredibly interesting book that delved into a story most of us know-- Joan of Arc-- but from an angle I had never seen before. Rather than truly being about Joan or Arc, this story is about Yolande of Aragon, and how she made a place for Joan in the world and helped set up the events that lead to Joan of Arc's m [...]


    23. I thought this was a bit dry at the beginning.Once I got started though I became engrossed in it.I could feel myself getting angry when I learned what a sham the "trial" was. I almost had to put the book down.Some part of me thinks that Joan of Arc was persecuted simply because she was a woman. Like it was she thought she did not know her place.It seems like there was just so many other forces at work here.Like how important it was to please the English.It didn't seem as much about Joan as it wa [...]


    24. The Maid and the Queen is not an ordinary biography of Joan of Arc. Instead, it goes behind the scenes of why she became such a powerful figure (something highly unusual for a medieval French woman). The short answer is Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Sicily. This book delves into the lives of both women, why they made such an impact, and analyzes the legacy they left behind on our world then and today. This book is an interesting and quick read (well, quick if life doesn't get in the way anyway). A [...]


    25. I read this book because I thought it would be interesting to find out how Joan of Arc was helped greatly by a Queen. Yolanda of Aragon was the queen of Sicily and mother-in-law of Charles VII, the dauphin of France which we have always heard about. In her efforts to get the dauphin crowned, Joan was politically aided by Yolanda. Both women were strong in character and Yolanda was said to have the soul of a man in the body of a woman. Her life was one of great influence and she used her riches t [...]


    26. A highly detailed and seemingly objective account of the historical and political events surrounding the life and death of Joan of Arc. Some content requires a mature reader – not for graphic detail but for the complex moral questions on politics and the spiritual nature of Joan’s mission – and overall it is probably too detailed to hold younger readers’ interest anyway. It is not written as an inspirational biography and does not consider the saintliness of Joan, but what is written of [...]


    27. utterly fascinating. i really loved this book. it speeds along like fiction and almost reads like a narrative. i really enjoyed learning something about medieval france as well as learning about old timey girl power:) joan is in the middle of what is really a quite remarkable story of yolande. i recommend highly to teens!


    28. Fascinating history of two women in the 14-15th centuries caught up in the European political unrest. This story helps explain the Joan of Arc myth by introducing us to another powerful woman, Yolande of Aragon. It's an uncomfortable mix of religion and politics but here we find women have agency and they are not just bargaining chips in alliances they do not choose.


    29. I like the history.It IS interesting how different authors can write about the same thing and you come away with a different view from each author.


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