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Joan of Arc

The 600th year celebration of the birth of Joan of Arc is being celebrated in 2012. Born in France in 1412, she is considered a national heroine and one of the country's patron saints. Nicknamed the "Maid of Orleans", she was a peasant girl who claimed divine guidance when leading the French army to several significant victories during the Hundred Year's War. Captured by the enemy, she was tried for heresy and burned at the stake when she was only 19. Twenty five years later the pope cleared her name and declared her a martyr. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.

Joan of Arc: a Penguin life by Mary Gordon

Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years War by Deborah A. Fraioli

Joan of Arc: her story by Régine Pernoud, Marie- Véronique Clin

Joan of Arc: maid, myth and history by Timothy Wilson-Smith

Joan of Arc: the legend and the reality by Frances Gies

Joan: the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint by Donald Spoto

The maid and the queen: the secret history of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone

The virgin warrior: the life and death of Joan of Arc by Larissa Juliet Taylor