Joan of Arc is the most recognizable woman from medieval Europe, yet the details of her life remain obscure to the general public while heavily debated by specialists. Rising from obscurity to insert herself into the court of French King Charles VII before marching with his armies to combat the enemies of the crown during the Hundred Years War, she was eventually captured, tried in an inquisition, and then executed as a relapsed heretic at the age of 19.
Joan of Arc: A Reference Guide of Her Life and Works focuses on her life, and legacy. It features a chronology, an introduction offers a brief account of her life, a dictionary section lists entries on people, groups, places, events, topics, terms, and medieval documents central to Joan’s life including her letters, contemporary perspectives, her condemnation trial, and the nullification proceedings eventually blessed by the pope to overturn the verdict of the condemnation trial. This book aims to provide an understanding not just of Joan, but of the culture that produced and ultimately destroyed her.
Scott Manning is a historian and independent scholar published in Studies in Medievalism, The Year’s Work in Medievalism, and Film & History. Scott has served as the VP of Conference for the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, and he is the co-chair of the association’s Medieval & Renaissance Area. Since 2019, he has been the session organizer for the International Joan of Arc Society’s panels at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually in Kalamazoo.
A Note about Anglicizing French Names
ENTRIES #, A-Z
Appendix A: Key Battles, Sieges, and Captured Cites
Appendix B: Selected Treaties and Truces During the Time of Joan of Arc
Appendix C: Joan of Arc’s Immediate Family
Appendix D: Surviving Letters of Joan of Arc
Appendix E: Popes During the Time of Joan of Arc
Appendix F: Selected Monarchs and Rulers
Appendix G: Constables and Marshals of France
About the Author
In his Joan of Arc: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works, the first comprehensive compilation of people, places, and events associated with Joan of Arc’s life and culture in English, Scott Manning has provided scholars, as well as anyone interested in the wider context of her storied career, with a carefully curated resource. The entries are clear and informative, economically noting important inconsistencies in the records and controversies about issues. The volume is also easy to navigate, with a series of appendices that gather references to such topics as Joan’s letters, and a thematic bibliography. This book should be a welcome addition to personal, public, and academic libraries.