The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
by Nancy Goldstone, Viking Adult (2012)
Subtitling anything with “Secret History” is a bit risky, given the number of alternative theories of Joan there are out there, some more wacko than others.*
The good news is that the secret here is not at all wacko, but rather an expansion on the shadowy role of Yolanda of Aragon, Duchess of Anjou, in getting Joan into the company of the Dauphin. This book is a three parter, a bio of Yolanda, a bio of Joan, and aftermath of the execution to the end of the Hundred Years War.
Joan you already know. Yolanda – you may need an introduction.