Joan of Arc left home when she was 15, following instructions from voices she heard. At 16 she left the French army to victory. At 19 she was burned at the stake, accused of being a witch. Five hundred years after her death, she was declared a Saint. Was she really a witch, or was she a Saint, or even an angel, as some have claimed? How could a sixteen year old girls lead an army to victory?
In Joan of Arc author Lili Wilkinson explores the life of this amazing young woman, trying to separate myth from reality. Wilkinson draws on a variety of sources to put together a chronological account of John of Arc’s life and also uses direct quotes from historical sources, and fictionalised accounts of some of the key events.
This is an inspirational read, about the extraordinary life of a young lady not much older than the target reader. It would make an excellent school library or classroom resource, but it will also appeal for private reading.
Joan of Arc, by Lili Wilkinson
Black Dog Books, 2006