The Maid of Orleans: The Life and Mysticism of Joan Of Arc
This acclaimed work on the life and legacy of Joan of Arc is considered by many historians as one of the most well researched, convincing and best written accounts of the maid of Orleans. Stolpe vividly creates the contemporary situation in France, evaluates the latest research in her life, and arrives at a highly original and yet completely believable portrait which is also a work of literature.
Stolpe sees Joan of Arc as primarily a mystic, and her supreme achievement and lasting significance not in a mission to deliver France, though important, but in her share in the passion of Christ. By shifting the emphasis from the national to the universal, Stolpe brings the saint closer to the modern reader. His scholarship is informed by a profound understanding and sympathy for the Maid that gives this essentially sober work the absorbing interest of a novel.
As one critic stated, “Stolpe succeeds in producing a very tense interest, so that it is impossible to lay it aside until the last word is reached.” It should do much to present a new evaluation of the life and significance of St. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans.REVIEWS
“There have been many books about Joan of Arc, but none surpass this study by a Swedish biographer in its recreation of Joan’s milieu, the vividness of its narrative, and its sensitive understanding of the mystery of her life and death.”
–James Hitchcock, Ph. D.
, Author, History of the Catholic Church
“The reader is transported back to France and the tumultuous world of this powerful young woman, enabling readers to embrace St. Joan’s key message which was not as much about winning wars as it was winning souls for Christ.”
, Syndicated Radio Host, Author, Extreme Makeover
“As an actress who portrayed Joan of Arc on stage, this beautiful work by Sven Stolpe made her come alive again, but in a much deeper mystical way for me. Stolpe leads us through the complex and incredible journey Heaven asked of Joan the maid. He strips away the legends about her and gets to the heart of her profound sanctity.”–Mother Dolores Hart
, OSB, Author, The Ear of the Heart