In the history of the world, there has never been another like Joan of Arc. Her God-ordained mission to liberate fifteenth-century France from English occupation is the subject of historical and theological debate, along with the legitimacy of the surviving source texts. Yet despite the historical difficulties, her life and influence in fifteenth-century France has been well documented, and her influence on Western civilization—and even medieval Christianity—is undeniable.
Discover Joan of Arc through her own words and through the pen of Mark Twain. The Joan of Arc Collection brings you the translated manuscripts of her condemnation trial, where she represented herself in her defense, as well as the thoroughly researched and gripping novelization of her life, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
The Logos editions of these works provide remarkable insight to her life and trial. French or Latin words in these texts can be looked up instantly by dictionaries in your library, and similar documents can be viewed side by side in Logos’ desktop or mobile apps.
Joan of Arc (1412–1431) (Jeanne d‘Arc in French) was born in Domrémy, a village in northeastern France. She is widely recognized throughout history as a renowned military leader, as a Christian mystic and saint, and is the most thoroughly documented person of her century. To this day, she has been the only person—of either sex—to lead a national army against another nation’s army at the age of 17.
Joan was said to have spoken with angels, and that these angels either inspired or instructed her to fight against the English occupation of France. She took up arms and led the French armies against English occupational forces, driving them out of Orleans in a stunning and unexpected victory. Because of this victory, she is commonly referred to as “the Maid of Orleans” (la Pucelle d’Orleans in French). She proceeded to liberate Troyes and captured strategic bridges along the route to Reims, which lay deep within English territory. After reclaiming Reims from the English, she was personally invited to the coronation of King Charles VII, the heir to the French throne.
She was later captured by the English in the battle at Margny. She was tried under Bishop Pierre Cauchon of Beauvais, a supporter of the English occupation, who unfairly tried her for heresy—the only charge that was worthy of the death penalty. She was condemned and burned at the stake at just 19 years of age in Rouen, France, on May 30th, 1431.
Joan of Arc is the subject of much modern-day criticism and admiration. This dynamic 19-year-old has been the source of constant inspiration across Western civilization, being featured by Shakespeare, Voltaire, Tchaikovsky, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Leonard Cohen, and many, many more. She is honored as a saint in Catholic and Anglican traditions, has been nationally recognized by French leaders since Napoleon, and is frequently featured in contemporary pop culture and media.