© 2003

Joan of Arc and Spirituality

  • Editors
  • Ann W. Astell
  • Bonnie Wheeler

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Joan of Arc and Spirituality

    1. Ann W. Astell, Bonnie Wheeler
      Pages 1-5
  3. Joan’s Own Spirituality

  4. Clerical Perceptions Of Joan’s Spirituality in Her Own Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. George H. Tavard
      Pages 129-146
    3. Brian Patrick McGuire
      Pages 183-192
  5. Joan’s Secular Contemporaries

  6. Joan as Model

About this book


Joan of Arc is an unusual saint. Canonized in 1920 as a virgin, she died in 1431 as a condemned heretic. Uneducated, militant, and youthful, she obeyed 'Voices' that counselled her to pursue an unprecedented vocation. The various trial records provide a wealth of evidence about how Joan and others understood her spiritual life. This collection explores multiple facets of Joan's prayerful life. Two-thirds of the essays focus on Joan in her own time; the later chapters study Joan's formative influence upon modern women. Taken together, these essays offer new perspectives on the heroism of Joan's original way of sanctity.


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About the authors

Bonnie Wheeler teaches at Southern Methodist University, USA where she directs the Medieval Studies Program. She has edited and co-edited fourteen books, among them Listening to Heloise and Heloise and the Paraclete (forthcoming). She was founding editor of the journal Arthuriana and is series editor for two Palgrave Macmillan book series, The New Middle Ages and Arthurian and Courtly Cultures.

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