In her journey from peasant to military commander to martyr, Joan of Arc cuts an extraordinary figure, even for a saint. Inspired by religious visions to lead a victorious campaign against invading English forces, the iconic figure is credited with changing the direction of the Hundred Years' War and establishing a sense of French nationalism. Her tragically brief life ended in betrayal by her countrymen andexecution by the English, but her legend endures, captivating imaginations around the world and inspiring art and literature as well as a cult-like devotion.
This volume presents the most complete and accurate account of the 1431 Inquisition-style trial that culminated in Joan's death. Conducted in Rouen by two judges, a prosecutor, and some sixty assessors, the proceedings were taken down verbatim by a notary and his two assistants. The French heroine's life, character, visions, and motives spring to vivid life as she answers her accusers in her own words. A brief history of Joan's mission, military victories, and capture complements this remarkable historical resource, which is further enhanced by period woodcuts.