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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Goldstone Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455877331
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Politically astute, ambitious, and beautiful, Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Caught in the complex dynastic battle of the Hundred Years War, Yolande championed the dauphin’s cause against the forces of England and Burgundy, drawing on her savvy, her statecraft, and her intimate network of spies. Even when the dauphin’s own mother betrayed him, Yolande fought to save her son-in-law and his claim to the throne. But the enemy seemed invincible. Just as French hopes dimmed, an astonishingly courageous young woman named Joan of Arc arrived from the farthest recesses of the kingdom, claiming that she carried a divine message — a message that would change the course of history and ultimately lead to the coronation of Charles VII and the triumph of France. Now, on the six hundredth anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, this beautifully written book explores the relationship between these two remarkable women. With irresistibly rich historic detail and stunning accounts of political intrigue, The Maid and the Queen deepens our understanding of this dramatic period in history. How did an illiterate peasant girl gain access to the future king of France, earn his trust, and eventually lead his forces into battle? Was it only the hand of God that moved Joan of Arc — or was it also Yolande of Aragon? Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Chambers | 2/17/2014

    " Excellent. Engrossing and engaging. A must read for those who want to know the "rest of the story". The research is top class and the writing is like the best storytelling. Would make an excellent audio-book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/5/2014

    " Well written and an interesting story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/21/2014

    " Very interesting!! Now I love French Queen Yolande! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Ekstrom | 1/16/2014

    " This was not so much a biography or history of Joan of Arc, as a chronicle of the role Yolande of Aragon played during this part of the Hundred Years War between England and France, and her determination to have her son-in-law, Charles, crowned King of France. The research was excellent but alas, I didn't learn anything new, anything I already didn't know. Joan's mockery of a trial and her execution didn't change the war or its outcome; they had no effect save that the English and Burgundians got rid of a political threat - a teenaged girl with astounding piety and charisma who rallied an army and a country to fight and be delivered from the English. I didn't think the book gave us any secret history, just brought to the fore the extraordinary effort and power of Yolande, a woman usually glossed over in the history books. Had this been more about Yolande, I would have like it even more. Still, a recommended book for readers who like late medieval history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/16/2014

    " More about the hundred years war than Joan of arc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki Markus | 12/31/2013

    " Review to follow later this month "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/5/2013

    " Interesting historically, but not an easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Miller | 12/3/2013

    " Delightfully accessible history of Joan of Arc and her patron, Queen Yolanda of Sicily. Informative, a fast read, and full of interesting details. I reccommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting. Quick enough for me to get through with kids. Sometimes her points were stretched a little thin. Liked and enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 11/8/2013

    " Yeah its finished! The historical detail was amazing. So much I didn't know about Joan of Arc... Highly recommenced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Fasken | 10/11/2013

    " It was an intriguing twist of a familiar story. The maid (Joan) was a minor character, however, if you're looking for her, look elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/30/2013

    " An interesting account of Joan of Arc and her mentor, Yolande of Aragon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/14/2013

    " This book was an education on the French monarchy! Very well researched and carefully explained. I really enjoyed this and will read other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Lee Rudy | 6/3/2013

    " The case Goldstone was making for the link between Ysolde and Joan could have been a bit stronger. But it was a good read, especially for someone like me who had never before taken the time to really delve into the history surrounding Joan of Arc "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/14/2012

    " fascinating so far...always good to get the side of history you don't know...or that has been under reported.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 6/1/2012

    " So engaging and well-written. Goldstone is a gem of a writer. She makes medieval French military history come alive (no snark intended). I recommend this to anyone who is interested in medieval history, religion, women's issues, and/or intrigue. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Poole | 5/9/2012

    " Excellent history that is well researched & written in a beautiful format of a book. So impressed I'm adding all of the author's previous books to my must read list. Just glad I plucked this off the library shelf. "

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About the Author

Nancy Goldstone has written and coauthored several books, including Four Queens. She lives with her husband and coauthor Lawrence Goldstone in Westport, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.