Learn about Joan of Arc with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.It is said that when Joan of Arc was born on 6 January in 1412, the roosters in her village all crowed, even though it was midnight.
When Joan was 13 years old, something happened to change her life. She was working in the garden when she thought she saw a bright light coming from the church, and heard someone speaking French in a sweet, low, beautiful voice. The voice told her it was the angel Saint Michael, and that he had a message from God. He told her she had a great mission to fulfill, and that she would be the one to save France.
France had been at war with England for 92 years - what would later be known as the Hundred Years War. The English were trying to conquer France, and were succeeding. But the conflict had been raging for so long that there were barely any soldiers left, and both sides had to rely on mercenaries from Spain and Italy. Both countries were poor and exhausted, but there was no end in sight.
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Joan of Arc gives a brief overview of "The Maid of Orleans", the French peasant girl whose miraculous visions gained her access to the raging Hundred Years' War with England. Now a martyred saint and a classical study in war strategy (her legacy of defining political contests in religious terms marches on), Joan is a necessary component to the study of the late Middle Ages.
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