Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc was a heroine of France who played a significant role in the Hundred Years’ War. She claimed to be carrying a divine message, according to which she was destined to liberate France. She proved a highly effective military leader, recapturing Orléans in May 1429 before being seized, sold to the English and burned at the stake. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how her actions helped turn the tide during the Hundred Years’ War and learn about her legacy, including her subsequent canonization and her current status as a French national heroine.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Joan’s brief life, including the Siege of Orléans, Charles VII’s coronation and her trial and execution. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political and social context and an evaluation of the impact of Joan of Arc’s actions, giving you all the essential information about the Maid of Orléans.
About Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc was born in a small village in the Duchy of Bar during the Hundred Years’ War, sometime around 1412. She claimed that she had been entrusted with a divine message to free the Kingdom of France from English occupiers and deliver Charles VII to Reims so he could be crowned king of France. She garnered an impressive amount of popular support and was sent into battle. After winning many victories, Joan was eventually captured, sold to the English and sentenced to death.
This clear and accessible 41-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Joan of Arc
- Biography of Joan of Arc
- Joan, peasant girl and prophet (1412 – February 1429)
- Joan, inspired military leader (March 1429 – May 1430)
- Joan, expiatory victim (1431)
- France without a king
- A territorial imbroglio
- Maids and prophets
- The Siege of Orléans
- Charles VII’s coronation
- The trial
- Impact of Joan of Arc’s actions
- A new balance of power in the Hundred Years’ War
- From the death sentence to canonisation
- Strong symbolism
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