The Maid and the Queen by Nancy Goldstone

The Maid and the Queen

By Nancy Goldstone

  • Release Date: 2012-03-29
  • Category: Europe
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 17 Ratings)

Brief Description

“Attention, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans: The most enjoyably sensational aspects of medieval politicsdouble-crosses, ambushes, bizarre personal obsessions, lunacy and naked self-interestare in abundant evidence in Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen.” (Laura Miller, Salon.com)
Politically astute, ambitious, and beautiful, Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War, Yolande championed the dauphin's cause against the forces of England and Burgundy, drawing on her savvy, her statecraft, and her intimate network of spies. But the enemy seemed invincible. Just as French hopes dimmed, an astonishingly courageous young woman named Joan of Arc arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom, claiming she carried a divine message-a message that would change the course of history and ultimately lead to the coronation of Charles VII and the triumph of France.

Now, on the six hundredth anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, this fascinating book explores the relationship between these two remarkable women, and deepens our understanding of this dramatic period in history. How did an illiterate peasant girl gain access to the future king of France, earn his trust, and ultimately lead his forces into battle? Was it only the hand of God that moved Joan of Arc-or was it also Yolande of Aragon?

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Customer reviews

  • A thrilling reads

    5
    By MarcoAOrsini
    Nancy Goldstone writes with the ability of making her characters jump from the pages. I read this every night into the early mornings wanting to find out what happened next. This is the first book I have read that has covered such a confusing time in history, making sense of it all, focussing on her main characters, yet giving you a sense of all the players within this serious game of chess. A must read!
  • The Maid & the Queen

    5
    By aquadrmr
    This is a wonderfully moving book providing insight into Joan of Arc, Yolande of Aragon, and the French monarchy during the period of the Hundreds Year War. The characters could be out of a novel but are in fact real. The research that was undertaken to create this work is nothing short of awe inspiring. The fact that so many documents of the period (over 450 years) are still available for research, like the transcripts from Joan's trial, is a testament to the people of France. Thank you to everyone involved but especially to Nancy Goldstone for providing this wonderful work.

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