France, 1425 The country lies nearly broken; from across the Channel, English forces continue their unrelenting assault, holding more than a third of the realm in their grip. Charles, the Dauphin and disputed heir to the French throne, has been driven south, beyond the Loire River; bankrupt and with a defeated army, his position is crumbling, his hopes bleak. Further weakening his hold, the powerful Duchy of Burgundy, long a rival of Charles' house, has made alliance with the English. Supported by the foreign invaders, the Burgundians press closer and closer from the east. Attacked from without, split by civil war within, the people of France cry out for rescue. But only a miracle can save them w. And far away, in a tiny village, a young girl hears a voice calling her name... Drawing on original sources, letters, and trial transcripts, Jehanne: A Story of Joan of Arc peels away the layers of legend and myth and reveals Joan as a girl of flesh and blood, passion and determination. Delving deeply into the true recorded facts and testimony, this is the story of a girl who refused to accept limitations; whose courage would turn the tide of history!
A native of South Florida, Dennis Edelen was born, and has lived most of his life, in Miami. Having traveled through the UK, a trip to France remains a dream (someday-someday). With degrees in Psychology, History, and English, he works as a librarian for the University of Miami, and as a part-time children's story-teller. He has written widely, in multiple forms and genres. His play Three O'clock won the Millennium New Voices award in 2006, and his poetry collection, An Awfully Big Adventure, dealing with the experience of the First World War, won the 2008 Forum Award in Humanities. Most recently, his work has appeared in the on-line journal Mangrove. He is surrounded by books, and owned by two cats.