The Maid

The Maid

[a Novel of Joan of Arc]

Book - 2011
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Readers will love this sweeping historical novel about Joan of Arc. Rich with intrigue, betrayal, love and valour, this novel is about the power and burden of faith, and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame. Kimberly Cutter spent years researching her subject and immersed herself in Medieval European history while writing this book.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547427522
Characteristics: ix, 287 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 21, 2019

I've always had this thing about Jeanne d'Arc - hence the artwork in my dining room - so while this didn't break any new ground for me, I found it enjoyable and interesting. My favorite work about her is still George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, which Cutter mentioned in her acknowledgments. I read some reviews on goodreads and some people were disturbed that Joan was - well, kind of unlikable. This must be evident from original sources because Saint Joan and other books I've read have also portrayed her as horribly vain, obnoxiously pushy, and mind-boggingly self-centered. That's why she's so intriguing. Who wants a prettified version of this fascinating, ageless, saintly girl warrior?

Feb 16, 2016

This was just terrible, in my opinion. The writing was stilted, it was difficult to slog through, and it seemed superficial. The main character was also somewhat unlikeable, which didn't jive with all these faithful followers. Very slow reading.

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