Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2 cover

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

00:00(1/75) 00 – Vol. I, Book I-IN DOMREMY – Preface00:00
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1. 00 – Vol. I, Book I-IN DOMREMY – Preface
2. 01 – When Wolves Ran Free in Paris
3. 02 – The Fairy Tree of Domremy
4. 03 – All Aflame with Love of France
5. 04 – Joan Tames the Mad Man
6. 05 – Domremy Pillaged and Burned
7. 06 – Joan and Archangel Michael
8. 07 – She Delivers the Divine Command
9. 08 – Why the Scorners Relented
10. 09 – Book II-IN COURT AND CAMP – Joan Says Good-By
11. 10 – The Governor Speeds Joan
12. 11 – The Paladin Groans and Boasts
13. 12 – Joan Leads Us Through the Enemy
14. 13 – We Pierce the Last Ambuscades
15. 14 – Joan Convinces the King
16. 15 – Our Paladin in His Glory
17. 16 – Joan Persuades the Inquisitors
18. 17 – She Is Made General-in-Chief
19. 18 – The Maid’s Sword and Banner
20. 19 – The War March Is Begun
21. 20 – Joan Puts Heart in Her Army
22. 21 – Checked by the Folly of the Wise
23. 22 – What the English Answered
24. 23 – My Exquisite Poem Goes to Smash
25. 24 – The Finding of the Dwarf
26. 25 – Sweet Fruit of Bitter Truth
27. 26 – Joan’s First Battle-Field
28. 27 – We Burst In Upon Ghosts
29. 28 – Joan Makes Cowards Brave Victors
30. 29 – She Gently Reproves Her Dear Friend
31. 30 – The Fate of France Decided
32. 31 – Joan Inspires the Tawdry King
33. 32 – Tinsel Trappings of Nobility
34. 33 – At Last–Forward!
35. 34 – The Last Doubts Scattered
36. 35 – How Joan Took Jargeau
37. 36 – Vol. 2, Book II (cont’d) – Joan Foretells Her Doom
38. 37 – Fierce Talbot Reconsiders
39. 38 – The Red Field of Patay
40. 39 – France Begins to Live Again
41. 40 – The Joyous News Flies Fast
42. 41 – Joan’s Five Great Deeds
43. 42 – The Jests of the Burgundians
44. 43 – The Heir of France is Crowned
45. 44 – Joan Hears News from Home
46. 45 – Again to Arms
47. 46 – The King Cries Forward!
48. 47 – We Win, but the King Balks
49. 48 – Treachery Conquers Joan
50. 49 – The Maid Will March No More
51. 50 – Book III – TRIAL AND MARTYRDOM – The Maid In Chains
52. 51 – Joan Sold to the English
53. 52 – Weaving the Net About Her
54. 53 – All Ready to Condemn
55. 54 – Fifty Experts Against a Novice
56. 55 – The Maid Baffles Her Persecutors
57. 56 – Craft That Was in Vain
58. 57 – Joan Tells of Her Visions
59. 58 – Her Sure Deliverance Foretold
60. 59 – The Inquisitors at Their Wit’s End
61. 60 – The Court Reorganized for Assassination
62. 61 – Joan’s Master-Stroke Diverted
63. 62 – The Third Trial Fails
64. 63 – Joan Struggles with Her Twelve Lies
65. 64 – Undaunted by Threat of Burning
66. 65 – Joan Stands Defiant Before the Rack
67. 66 – Supreme in Direst Peril
68. 67 – Condemned Yet Unafraid
69. 68 – Our Last Hopes of Rescue Fail
70. 69 – The Betrayal
71. 70 – Respited Only for Torture
72. 71 – Joan Gives the Fatal Answer
73. 72 – The Time Is at Hand
74. 73 – Joan the Martyr
75. 74 – Conclusion

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Summary

Mark Twain’s work on Joan of Arc is titled in full “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte.” De Conte is identified as Joan’s page and secretary. For those who’ve always wanted to “get behind” the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain’s narrative makes the story personal and very accessible.The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, “Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France.”It was originally published as a serialization in Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper’s editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan’s Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, “They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama.” This recording contains the complete text!De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc’s page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life – as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles’ army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte’s memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants.Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen.Twain said, “I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none.”

Reviews

Yvette

- July 12, 2016

Well written and read equally as well. Beautiful story of hope...

Dan

Brilliant!

Jon

The untold, if not completely true, story of Joan of Arc! Mark Twain's fanciful, but thoroughly engrossing and captivating version of Joan's life is a masterpiece of storytelling...a seldom read or discussed work of historical fiction that rings true because of Twain's genius of characterization. Narrator John Greenman does the work great honor.