Chandler, Pauline. Warrior Girl: A Novel of Joan of Arc.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Chandler, Pauline. Warrior girl, a novel of Joan of Arc. HarperCollins, Greenwillow. 354p. c2006.0-06-084102-8. $16.99. JS

Our modern-day sensibilities are uncomfortable with the basic Joan of Arc story. A young girl seeing and hearing visions from God, urging her to take up arms and rescue France? It seems like madness. Apparently, a lot of folk in Jehanne's (Joan's) peasant society felt the same way. However, in a place torn apart by religious wars, fierce beliefs intensify. And this is the France of the 15th century, not the civilized secular society of Europe today. Chandler tells Jehanne's story through the narrative of Mariane, Jehanne's cousin, a girl mute from the trauma of her mother's murder by English marauders.

At the end of the story, in 1456, many years after Jehanne's burning at the stake for heresy, Mariane and her family come to celebrate the exoneration of Jehanne (and the...

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