By Kimberly Cutter
“Was she a saint or a witch? A visionary or a madwoman? Or a rare peasant woman who, at God’s bidding, led a military, stored France, and paid the associated fee through burning alive? . . . Kimberly Cutter’s portrait of ‘Jehanne’ as an odd, gritty teenage tomboy and real believer is compelling.” —USA Today
It is the 15th century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years’ struggle rages on. France is below siege, English infantrymen tear throughout the nation-state destroying all who move their paths, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the power nor the need to rally his military. And within the quiet of her mom and dad’ backyard in Domrémy, a peasant woman sees a spangle of sunshine and hears a robust voice communicate her identify: Jehanne.
The tale of Jehanne d’Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she were selected through God, who led a military and kept her kingdom, has captivated our imaginations for hundreds of years. however the tale of Jehanne—the lady whose sister used to be murdered by way of the English, who sought an get away from a violent father and a pressured marriage, who taught herself to journey and to struggle, and who by some means discovered the braveness and tenacity to cajole first one, then , then millions to stick with her—is instantaneously exciting, unforeseen, and heartbreaking. wealthy with unstated love and battlefield valor, The Maid is a singular in regards to the strength and uncertainty of religion and the exhilarating and devastating results of reputation.
“Impressive . . . Cutter inspires the novel’s medieval global with amazing details.” —New York occasions booklet Review
“Joan of Arc, the teenage peasant lady who commanded a French military, used to be burned on the stake, and at last declared a saint, exists in our collective mind's eye as extra delusion than person . . . Cutter strips away the romanticism in want of a extra complicated portrayal that increases a few provocative questions.” —O Magazine