Joan of Arc Examined in LIGHTS OF MADNESS
Joan of Arc is an enduring symbol both in the religious and secular realms - embraced by Napoleon, Marxist ideology, French political parties and canonized as a saint in 1920. But was she really an exceptional military leader -or actually a man-or a liar, a saint or a witch, a visionary or a lunatic? In "Lights of Madness: In Search of Joan of Arc," (published by Xlibris) Preston Russell examines the Maid of Orleans from a physician's standpoint and in light of recent advancements in brain research.
Joan of Arc was burned alive in 1431, condemned for her heresy which defied both church and worldly authority. In his new book, Russell traces her extensive trial testimony, seeking to find her own voice from five hundred years ago. He also examines her many faces evolving in world literature, theatre and film, extending from Shakespeare and Voltaire to Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw. The central point of this book, however, is its incisive examination of all medical and psychiatric attempts to explain Joan's experience as only a psychotic delusion. The work ends with 21st brain research, which is beginning to break down barriers between science and religion.