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Joan of Arc The Warrior Maid   By: (1865-1932)

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JOAN OF ARC

The Warrior Maid

By Lucy Foster Madison author of "The Peggy Owen Books"

With Illustrations & Decorations by Frank E Schoonover

The Penn Publishing Company Philadelphia 1919

COPYRIGHT 1918 BY THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY

Joan of Arc

[Illustration: THE WARRIOR MAID]

INTRODUCTION

In presenting this story for the young the writer has endeavored to give a vivid and accurate life of Jeanne D'Arc (Joan of Arc) as simply told as possible. There has been no pretence toward keeping to the speech of the Fifteenth Century, which is too archaic to be rendered literally for young readers, although for the most part the words of the Maid have been given verbatim.

The name of this wonderful girl has been variously written. In the Fifteenth Century the name of the beloved disciple was preferred for children above all others; so we find numerous Jeans and Jeannes. To render these holy names more in keeping with the helplessness of little ones the diminutive forms of Jeannot and Jeannette were given them. So this girl was named Jeannette, or Jehannette in the old spelling, and so she was called in her native village. By her own account this was changed to Jeanne when she came into France. The English translation of Jeanne D'Arc is Joan of Arc; more properly it should be Joanna. Because it seems more beautiful to her than the others the writer has retained the name of Jeanne in her narrative.

It is a mooted question which form of the name of Jeanne's father is correct: D'Arc or Darc. It is the writer's belief that D'Arc was the original writing, when it would follow that Jacques D'Arc would be James of the Bow or James Bowman, as he would have been called had he been an English peasant. For this reason the Maid's surname has been given as D'Arc; though there are many who claim that Darc is the nearest the truth.

Acknowledgments are due to the following authorities into the fruit of whose labours the writer has entered: M. Jules Quicherat, "Condamnation et Réhabilitation de Jeanne d'Arc"; H. A. Wallon, "Jeanne d'Arc"; M. Siméon Luce, "Jeanne d'Arc à Domremy"; M. Anatole France, "Jeanne d'Arc"; Jules Michelet, "Jeanne d'Arc"; Monstrelet's "Chronicles"; Andrew Lang, "The Maid of France"; Lord Ronald Gower, "Joan of Arc"; F. C. Lowell, "Joan of Arc"; Mark Twain, "Joan of Arc"; Mrs. Oliphant, "Jeanne D'Arc"; Mrs. M. R. Bangs, "Jeanne D'Arc"; Janet Tuckey, "Joan of Arc, the Maid," and many others.

The thanks of the writer are also due to the librarians of New York City, Albany and Glens Falls who kindly aided her in obtaining books and information. Thanks are also due to the Rev. Matthew Fortier, S. J., Dean of Fordham University, New York City, for information upon a point for which search had been vainly made.

That this book may make a little niche for itself among other books upon the most marvellous girl the world has ever known, is the wish of

THE WRITER.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I A CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL 11 II THE KNIGHT'S STORY 23 III THE WAVES OF WAR REACH DOMREMY 35 IV THE AFTERMATH 43 V JEANNE'S VISION 53 VI JEANNE'S HARSH WORDS 62 VII FURTHER VISIONS 71 VIII JEANNE RECEIVES A GIFT AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT 79 IX THE CHARGE IS ACCEPTED 90 X THE FIRST STEP 98 XI A TRYING TIME 108 XII A WORSTED SUITOR 119 XIII FAREWELL TO HOME 131 XIV VICTORY OVER DOUBTING HEARTS 140 XV STARTING THE GREAT ADVENTURE 155 XVI JEANNE COMES TO HER KING 166 XVII THE IMPOSSIBLE HAPPENS 181 XVIII THE WARRIOR MAID 196 XIX THE HOUR AND THE GIRL 214 XX JEANNE SHOWS HER SIGN 230 XXI A WEEK OF WONDERS 243 XXII THE CULMINATION 263 XXIII THE TURNING OF THE TIDE 285 XXIV JEANNE'S LAST FIELD 308 XXV IN PRISON CELLS 332 XXVI ON TRIAL 346 XXVII FOR HER COUNTRY 374 XXVIII AT DOMREMY 384

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PAGE The Warrior Maid Frontispiece The Gooseberry Spring 20 Often they appeared in the little garden 74 "The holy man has been to Rome" 80 There was no smile on his face 142 Far into the night they rode 156 "France and St... Continue reading book >>




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