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Mark Twain
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Vols. I-II)



Consider this unique and imposing distinction. Since the writing of human history began, Joan of Arc is the only person, of either sex, who has ever held supreme command of the military forces of a nation at the age of seventeen

LOUIS KOSSUTH.


PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC
by THE SIEUR LOUIS DE CONTE
(her page and secretary)

Freely translated out of the ancient French into modern English from the original unpublished manuscript in the National Archives of France

by JEAN FRANCOIS ALDEN
Authorities examined in verification of the truthfulness of this narrative:

J. E. J. QUICHERAT, Condamnation et Rehabilitation de Jeanne d'Arc.
J. FABRE, Procis de Condamnation de Jeanne d'Arc.
H. A. WALLON, Jeanne d'Arc.
M. SEPET, Jeanne d'Arc.
J. MICHELET, Jeanne d'Arc.
BERRIAT DE SAINT-PRIX, La Famille de Jeanne d'Arc.
La Comtesse A. DE CHABANNES, La Vierge Lorraine.
Monseigneur RICARD, Jeanne d'Arc la Venerable.
Lord RONALD GOWER, F.S.A., Joan of Arc. JOHN O'HAGAN,
Joan of Arc.
JANET TUCKEY, Joan of Arc the Maid.


Translator's Preface
A Peculiarity of Joan of Arc's History
The Translator

BOOK I IN DOMREMY
Chapter 1 When Wolves Ran Free in Paris
Chapter 2 The Fary Tree of Domremy
Chapter 3 All Aflame with Love of France
Chapter 4 Joan Tames the Mad Man
Chapter 5 Domremy Pillaged and Burned
Chapter 6 Joan and Archangel Michael
Chapter 7 She Delivers the Divine Command
Chapter 8 Why the Scorners Relented

BOOK II IN COURT AND CAMP
Chapter 1 Joan Says Good-By
Chapter 2 The Governor Speeds Joan
Chapter 3 The Paladin Groans and Boasts
Chapter 4 Joan Leads Us Through the Enemy
Chapter 5 We Pierce the Last Ambuscades
Chapter 6 Joan Convinces the King
Chapter 7 Our Paladin in His Glory
Chapter 8 Joan Persuades Her Inquisitors
Chapter 9 She Is Made General-in-Chief
Chapter 10 The Maid's Sword and Banner
Chapter 11 The War March Is Begun
Chapter 12 Joan Puts Heart in Her Army
Chapter 13 Checked by the Folly of the Wise
Chapter 14 What the English Answered
Chapter 15 My Exquisite Poem Goes to Smash
Chapter 16 The Finding of the Dwarf
Chapter 17 Sweet Fruit of Bitter Truth
Chapter 18 Joan's First Battle-Field
Chapter 19 We Burst In Upon Ghosts
Chapter 20 Joan Makes Cowards Brave Victors
Chapter 21 She Gently Reproves Her Dear Friend
Chapter 22 The Fate of France Decided
Chapter 23 Joan Inspires the Tawdry King
Chapter 24 Tinsel Trappings of Nobility
Chapter 25 At Last--Forward!
Chapter 26 The Last Doubts Scattered
Chapter 27 How Joan Took Jargeau
Chapter 28 Joan Foretells Her Doom
Chapter 29 Fierce Talbot Reconsiders
Chapter 30 The Red Field of Patay
Chapter 31 France Begins to Live Again
Chapter 32 The Joyous News Flies Fast
Chapter 33 Joan's Five Great Deeds
Chapter 34 The Jests of the Burgundians
Chapter 35 The Heir of France is Crowned
Chapter 36 Joan Hears News from Home
Chapter 37 Again to Arms
Chapter 38 The King Cries "Forward!"
Chapter 39 We Win, but the King Balks
Chapter 40 Treachery Conquers Joan
Chapter 41 The Maid Will March No More

BOOK III TRIAL AND MARTYRDOM
Chapter 1 The Maid in Chains
Chapter 2 Joan Sold to the English
Chapter 3 Weaving the Net About Her
Chapter 4 All Ready to Condemn
Chapter 5 Fifty Experts Against a Novice
Chapter 6 The Maid Baffles Her Persecutors
Chapter 7 Craft That Was in Vain
Chapter 8 Joan Tells of Her Visions
Chapter 9 Her Sure Deliverance Foretold
Chapter 10 The Inquisitors at Their Wits' End
Chapter 11 The Court Reorganized for Assassination
Chapter 12 Joan's Master-Stroke Diverted
Chapter 13 The Third Trial Fails
Chapter 14 Joan Struggles with Her Twelve Lies
Chapter 15 Undaunted by Threat of Burning
Chapter 16 Joan Stands Defiant Before the Rack
Chapter 17 Supreme in Direst Peril
Chapter 18 Condemned Yet Unafraid
Chapter 19 Our Last Hopes of Rescue Fail
Chapter 20 The Betrayal
Chapter 21 Respited Only for Torture
Chapter 22 Joan Gives the Fatal Answer
Chapter 23 The Time Is at Hand
Chapter 24 Joan the Martyr
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