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This is an auction for JOAN OF ARC by Vita Sackville West.

This is a Folio Society book in its original slip case.

Illustrated with woodcuts by Chris Daunt.

From Wikipedia:

"Saint Joan of Arc is a biography of Joan of Arc by Vita Sackville-West first published in New York and London in 1936. Historians began to criticize this book shortly after its publication. One issue, as indicated in the quotation above, was that Sackville-West often created many details by engaging in personal speculation. This sometimes included subjects for which documented evidence does exist, but which the author either deliberately ignored or was unaware of. Sackville-West was a novelist rather than a historian, and may have been following the usual habit of novelists to invent plot elements while nonetheless presenting this book as a work of historical fact. It seems inevitable that such an approach would elicit criticism especially when applied to a personage who is well-documented in historical sources. There are two matters in particular which seem to have sparked the most opposition. The first issue is Sackville-West's suggestions with regard to Joan's sexuality, which include the implication (although never explicitly stated) that Joan may have been a lesbian. Historians - and, somewhat paradoxically, Sackville-West herself - have pointed out that this claim was based on nothing more than the standard medieval practice of coping with limited bed-space by having guests share a bed with others of the same gender... The cross-dressing issue is another point which has provoked criticism or has been contradicted by historians..."

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Folio Society hardback 1995.

339 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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