Joan of Arc Defends France

About Joan of Arc, her biography and place in France and French history.


King Charles II controlled southern France, and his abbreviated kingdom was threatened by the English siege of Orleans. A 17-year-old farmer's daughter, Jeanne d'Arc, heard God's voice tell her to save the King. She went to Charles II, who made her head of his Army and sent her against the English at Orleans. She won. Later, captured by the enemy, she was tried, condemned, and burned at the stake. In 1920, the martyred Joan was made a saint of the Catholic Church.

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