Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven

The Warrior Maid

By Lucy Foster Madison

Originally published in 1919 this historical novel about Joan of Arc by Lucy Foster Madison does a good job of presenting the established history of Joan of Arc in an entertaining and easy to read manner. Originally written with a younger audience in mind this novel is a good choice for older children however adults may also enjoy this book. Contains eight beautiful illustrations by famed American artist Frank E Schoonover.

Joan of Arc The Warrior Maid
The Warrior Maid


In presenting this story for the young the writer has endeavored to give a vivid and accurate life of Jeanne D’Arc (Joan of Arc) as simply told as possible. There has been no pretence toward keeping to the speech of the Fifteenth Century, which is too archaic to be rendered literally for young readers, although for the most part the words of the Maid have been given verbatim.

The name of this wonderful girl has been variously written. In the Fifteenth Century the name of the beloved disciple was preferred for children above all others; so we find numerous Jeans and Jeannes. To render these holy names more in keeping with the helplessness of little ones the diminutive forms of Jeannot and Jeannette were given them. So this girl was named Jeannette, or Jehannette in the old spelling, and so she was called in her native village. By her own account this was changed to Jeanne when she came into France. The English translation of Jeanne D’Arc is Joan of Arc; more properly it should be Joanna. Because it seems more beautiful to her than the others the writer has retained the name of Jeanne in her narrative.

It is a mooted question which form of the name of Jeanne’s father is correct: D’Arc or Darc. It is the writer’s belief that D’Arc was the original writing, when it would follow that Jacques D’Arc would be James of the Bow or James Bowman, as he would have been called had he been an English peasant. For this reason the Maid’s surname has been given as D’Arc; though there are many who claim that Darc is the nearest the truth.

Acknowledgments are due to the following authorities into the fruit of whose labours the writer has entered: M. Jules Quicherat, “Condamnation et Réhabilitation de Jeanne d’Arc”; H. A. Wallon, “Jeanne d’Arc”; M. Siméon Luce, “Jeanne d’Arc Domremy”; M. Anatole France, “Jeanne d’Arc”; Jules Michelet, “Jeanne d’Arc”; Monstrelet’s “Chronicles”; Andrew Lang, “The Maid of France”; Lord Ronald Gower, “Joan of Arc”; F. C. Lowell, “Joan of Arc”; Mark Twain, “Joan of Arc”; Mrs. Oliphant, “Jeanne D’Arc”; Mrs. M. R. Bangs, “Jeanne D’Arc”; Janet Tuckey, “Joan of Arc, the Maid,” and many others.

The thanks of the writer are also due to the librarians of New York City, Albany and Glens Falls who kindly aided her in obtaining books and information. Thanks are also due to the Rev. Matthew Fortier, S. J., Dean of Fordham University, New York City, for information upon a point for which search had been vainly made.

That this book may make a little niche for itself among other books upon the most marvellous girl the world has ever known, is the wish of
                                                                                          THE WRITER

JOAN OF ARC The Warrior Maid

                          Chapter I A Children’s Festival
                          Chapter II The Knight’s Story
                          Chapter III The Waves of War Reach Domremy
                          Chapter IV The Aftermath
                          Chapter V Jeanne’s Vision
                          Chapter VI Jeanne’s Harsh Words
                          Chapter VII Further Visions
                          Chapter VIII Jeanne Receives a Gift and an Announcement
                          Chapter IX The Charge is Accepted
                          Chapter X The First Step
                          Chapter XI A Trying Time
                          Chapter XII A Worsted Suitor
                          Chapter XIII Farewell to Home
                          Chapter XIV Victory Over Doubting Hearts
                          Chapter XV Starting the Great Adventure
                          Chapter XVI Jeanne Comes to Her King
                          Chapter XVII The Impossible Happens
                          Chapter XVIII The Warrior Maid
                          Chapter XIX The Hour and the Girl
                          Chapter XX Jeanne Shows Her Sign
                          Chapter XXI A Week of Wonders
                          Chapter XXII The Culmination
                          Chapter XXIII The Turning of the Tide
                          Chapter XXIV Jeanne’s Last Field
                          Chapter XXV In Prison Cells
                          Chapter XXVI On Trial
                          Chapter XXVII For Her Country
                          Chapter XXVIII At Domremy

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