MOBIA is hosting author Nancy Goldstone as she discusses her book The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc. Amazon describes the book as follows: "The untold story of the extraordinary queen who championed Joan of Arc. 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. 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 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 fascinating book explores the relationship between these two remarkable women, and 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 ultimately lead his forces into battle? Was it only the hand of God that moved Joan of Arc-or was it also Yolande of Aragon?"
Reviews listed there offer these words of praise:
"With compelling storytelling, Goldstone colorfully weaves together the tales of these two women [Yolande of Aragon and Joan of Arc]-one rich, one poor; one educated, one illiterate; one worldly, one simple-whose powerful personalities and deep allegiance to France helped shape the country's future. -Publishers Weekly; The mysterious and secret bond between the worldly and powerful Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, and the transcendent Joan of Arc comes into glorious view in this meticulous, colorful study of their lives. A fascinating historical excursion, bursting with medieval flavor.- Margaret George, author of Elizabeth I; A wonderful medieval tapestry of a book that tells the still-amazing story of Joan of Arc, a peasant girl-turned-warrior who saves her king and France, and the pivotal role played by yet another extraordinary woman, Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, when in this time of tumult and treachery Joan rose to such unexpected power.- Jill Jones, author of Eiffel's Tower".
You can read further by clicking here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Maid-Queen-Secret-History/dp/B00AZ9DVV6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361928490&sr=8-1&keywords=the+maid+and+the+queen
Sure sounds like it could be fascinating to hear more about!
Admission fee: It is a FREE event, but you must register on MOBIA's website. Please do that first. Then, we have our usual $1 meetup maintenence fee to pay for our meetup's subscription.
How to meet us: Meet us at 6pm for this 6:30pm event in the presentation space itself or just outside waiting to get in. Their usual exhibit space is on an upper floor from street level, so maybe the book talk will be up there, too; let's see. There's an elevator to that floor, or you could take the stairs.