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What a Woman!

J.L. Nelson: Joan of Arc, 19 October 2000

Joan of Arc 
by Mary Gordon.
Weidenfeld, 168 pp., £12.99, April 2000, 0 297 64568 4
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Joan of Arc: A Military Leader 
by Kelly DeVries.
Sutton, 242 pp., £20, November 1999, 0 7509 1805 5
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The Interrogation of Joan of Arc 
by Karen Sullivan.
Minnesota, 208 pp., £30, November 1999, 0 8166 3267 7
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... with my blade of iron and to snatch you from heresy or from life itself. The military historian Kelly DeVries quotes this letter, noting doubts as to its authenticity but failing to register the irony of its timing: scarcely more than a year after it was written, Joan herself would be snatched from both heresy and life by representatives of the Church ...

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