Joan of Arc's story has inspired operas, plays, paintings, films, and an almost endless number of historical works. In this dramatized biography, narrator Valentine Palmer explains her astounding life alongside dramatic performances of key moments. Actress Mary Duddy (Coronation Street and other British TV series) is appropriately impassioned as Joan, while performances from other minor lights of the English stage and screen add color. Although there's nothing groundbreaking about this treatment or approach, fans looking for an introduction to Joan's life could do worse than this well-produced version.
What members say
What would have made Joan of Arc, 1412-1431 better?
Hearing more of Joan's voice. Slowing down and developing the details. Focusing more on Joan's life and less on the well know events that I learned in high school.
Would you ever listen to anything by Geoffrey Orme again?
What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?
It was a dramatization so there was no one narrator, but there should have been more of a play format. The music was also too loud compartive to the voices.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. I love Jean of Arc and her legacy. This story DID NOT do Jean justice.
Interesting history and a great way to learn it.
I have always wanted to really understand the history of Joan of Arc and this was great. A very short read but packed with everything I wanted to know and more than I expected to learn. I am going to search out these short books because they are wonderful way learn (or relearn) history.
It was a little over dramatized, but not so much that it was not forgivable.