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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Told in an inimitable, ebullient voice, Joan of Arc: The Conspiracy Theory by Jacques P. Genicot is a compelling work that explores the events surrounding the rise to fame of a peasant girl and her ultimate end at the stake. It is the 15th century, and France is dominated by England. Led by mystic voices, the peasant girl, Joan of Arc, from a small hamlet in the northeastern part of France called Greux-Domrémy, leads a rebellion that will overthrow the oppressor and crown the King. It is fascinating to note that she accomplishes all these acts of bravery and patriotism before reaching the age of nineteen.
Joan of Arc’s life has been written about by both historians and theologians, each lending their own explanation of what inspired her, exploring her calling, and looking past history to uncover the power of her faith. Her tragic death earned her the coveted title of martyr of the Church. But who really was Joan of Arc? In Joan of Arc: The Conspiracy Theory, Jacques P. Genicot offers a surprising take on this historical personage, transporting readers into the Middle Ages, reliving history with them, and unveiling the multiple conflicts that punctuated that period.
This is a work of great research, and it features relevant references to history and compelling literature. I enjoyed the way the author writes about this period, how he explores the culture, and most of all, the depth of characters. Genicot has a singular gift for weaving powerful themes like religion and faith, family, mysticism, political intrigue, and more into the narrative. It is both entertaining and informative. This book is a must-read!