French Legends: The Life and Legacy of Joan of Arc
*Includes pictures and art depicting Joan of Arc and important people, places, and events in her life.*Discusses her life, career, trial, and death.*Includes a Table of ContentsKing of England, if you do not do these things, I am the commander of the military; and in whatever place I shall find your men in France, I will make them flee the country, whether they wish to or not.Joan of ArcA lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of historys most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors French series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of Frances most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Joan of Arc is one of the most famous women in history: a French folk legend, a Catholic saint, and a military heroine. Yet almost nothing is truly known about the Maid of Orleans besides her ultimate fate, being burned at the stake when she was still a teenager. The Hundred Years War between France and England was one of the great wars of the feudal ages, a conflict literally spanning a century in which an untold number of men on each side died. That makes it all more amazing that a teenaged peasant girl came to the front lines. Claiming God instructed her to save France from England, she convinced the uncrowned Charles to send her to the siege of Orleans, and she subsequently led the French army to a string of important victories that made it possible for Charles VII to be coronated as the King of France. Joan then exited the stage almost as quickly as she entered it, being captured by the Burgundians and handed over to the English to be put to death for heresy. Over the centuries, the memory of Joan of Arc has been firmly embedded in French lore, where she is still constantly invoked, and she remains a staple of world history and pop culture. While she is constantly portrayed in film and art, scholars debate the accuracy of historical accounts about her, and her legend and mythology hang above all of it. French Legends: The Life and Legacy of Joan of Arc looks at the life of the famous French heroine, attempting to separate fact from fiction and analyzing her legacy. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Joan of Arc like you never have before, in no time at all.
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