Her story is legendary, but it happens to be true: nineteen-year-old Joan of Arc led armies into battle during the Hundred Years War and helped liberate France from English domination. One of the most famous children's books ever published, this elegant work recounts Joan's wondrous transformation from peasant girl to military commander to Christian saint and martyr.
Generations of artists and writers from around the world have drawn inspiration from Joan's life, and she remains among the best-known historical figures of the Middle Ages. Maurice Boutet de Monvel's simple but moving retelling of her story features a series of imaginative illustrations that won the artist international fame. All forty-five of the images from his 1896 deluxe picture book appear here in full color, reflecting the saint's enduring symbolic power as well as her deep humanity. An Introduction by Gerald Gottlieb is included in this edition.
Reprint of the Century Company, New York, 1912 edition.
With an Introduction by Gerald Gottlieb.