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"Joan of Arc: The Mystic Legacy provides an intimate portrait of the enigmatic young woman whose heroic life story has provoked ongoing controversy for nearly six centuries. Fresh insights, gleaned from the author's full decade of research and three field trips to France, shed new light on the essential nature of the girl whose faith-based acts of courage altered the outcome of the Hundred Years War. Thirty-nine exclusive full color photographs of historic sites breathe life into the text, and allow time to collapse. January 6, 1412, the six hundredth anniversary of Joan's birth, will be celebrated around the world throughout 2012.
Examining the external and internal forces that shaped Joan's well documented life, a discussion of esoteric elements found on nearly each page of the historic records is carefully framed in evidence that has not been plumbed to these depths, until now. Joan's own words speak with clarity from her trial testimony as the most trustworthy resource for understanding her perceptions, motivations and behavior. The visions and voices she identified as the three spiritual guides who were with her constantly, from the age of thirteen until her death, are traced into the roots of Judeo Christian antiquity; Her interaction with them is examined through the inclusive lens of contemporary cross-cultural mysticism.
In his essay on the universality of her story, The Joan in All of Us, John Steinbeck said that everyone who studies the trial testimonies comes to find a ""corroboration of his convictions, no matter what they may be."" He identified the source of our fascination with her as ""...the miracle, the worrisome nagging fact. Joan is a fairy tale so improbable that, without the most complete historical record and evidence, it could not be believed. If a writer were to make up the story it would be howled down as an insult to credulity.""
In Joan of Arc: The Mystic Legacy, each stage of Joan's transformation is traced, from her childhood in the rural marshlands of Lorraine to the halls of power where she claimed her right to command the French army and lead her troops to victory in Orleans and beyond. This unique exploration of Joan of Arc's mortality and transcendence documents the rise and fall of the military leader whose prophecies were ultimately fulfilled."
Joan of Arc: The Mystic Legacy came directly out of the author's determination to fully comprehend the hero whose life ended at age nineteen, marking the close of the Age of Chivalry. Setting aside all other writing projects, including an award winning memoir and a series of published magazine articles, she began what would become a full decade of nonstop research.
Extended field trips brought her into the villages and cities, castles and battlefields where Joan's story unfolded. She was granted permission to enter and photograph preserved historic sites that are not ordinarily open to the public, including religious sanctuaries and government-protected historic buildings.
In supporting Joan's sworn testimony as trustworthy evidence, the author applies her life-long study of cross-cultural mysticism. Berkeley anthropologist Ruth Inge-Heinze, Ph.D. published the author's first two papers on Joan, under the proceedings of the International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing, held at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA.
In the paragraphs that follow, the author describes the transformational shifts that took place in her life when her path crossed with Joan's for the first time, "almost by accident."
On an early spring day in Normandy's ancient port city of Rouen, I stared at the great clock suspended over La Rue de la Gros Horloge, marking the entrance to the bustling market square, Place du Viux March. Moments later, my eyes were drawn to a tall, slender cross that rose from a blanket of colorful flower beds, casting its shadow across the site of Joan of Arc's public execution. Struck by how little I knew about the heroic life that had ended in this place, I was riveted by the words of Andre Malreaux, Charles DeGaulle's Minister of Culture, engraved on a limestone monument nearby
O Jeanne, sans s