St. Joan’s Architect

My completed novel “St. Joan’s Architect” won fourth place in the 2001 Heart of the West Contest held by the Utah Chapter of RWA. Of course, I’m hoping an agent or publisher will profess interest. With that aim in mind, I thought the list of the reference books might be a useful ploy.

My husband and I visited Mont-Saint-Michel for four days in 1995 to soak up the atmosphere. The novel claims St. Joan might have stayed on the Mont the four months she’s missing from historical accounts before the English captured her. Her ghost haunts a young architect, who knows she wants to live on the Mont and accepts the advances of the owner of her hotel only to find he’s engaged — but his younger cousin is smitten with her. And he has the connections and money to see the pink glass Dome of St. Joan erected on the empty west platform of the Abbey.



Adams, Henry, “Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres,” The Heritage Press, New York, 1957.

Bernard, Ch.-H. Architect in Chief of Historical Monuments, translated by M. Veigneau, “Mont-Saint-Michel,” (Short Monographs of the Great Edifices of France), Henri Laurens, Publisher, 6 Rue de Tournon 6, Paris, 1927.

Challanel, M.-J., Editor, photographs by Joan Roubier, “Le Mont-Saint-Michel,” 40, rue de prony, Paris XVII, reprinted Paris, 1947.

Clemens, Sameuel, “Joan of Arc,” The Complete Works of Mark Twain, Vol. 17, Harper & Brothers, American Artists Editions, New York, 1924.

Federbush, Rohn, Photographs from Personal Four Day Visit in 1995.

Gies, Francis, ‘Joan of Arc, The Legend and the Reality,’ Harper & Row, New York 1981.

Madison, Lucky Foster, ‘Joan of Arc,” Penn Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1918.

Pernoude, Regine, “Jae nom Jeanne la Pucelle,” Kapp, Lahure, Jombart, Evreux, 1994.

Sackville-West, V., “Saint Joan of Arc,” (1412-1431), The Literary Guild, New York, 1936.

Shaw, Bernard, “Saint Joan,” Brentano’s, New York 1926.

Tyson, Brian, ‘The Story of Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan,’ McGill., Queen’s University press, Kingston and Madrid, 1933.

Wagenknecht, Edward, Editor, “Joan of Arc, An Anthology of History and Literature,” Creative Age Press, New York, 1948.


4 Replies to “St. Joan’s Architect

  1. Beautiful picture and interesting story idea, Rohn. I visited Mont-Saint-Michel back in the 60s. The island (when the tide comes in) is so impressive. I doubt I could make the climb up to the cathedral nowadays, but what a great memory.

    1. A pilgrimage was taking place, while we were there. Women went up the steps to the Abby on their knees. I tried to help the first woman I saw get up, but she pushed me away. Paul said he’d had enough of suffering Christians to last a lifetime.

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