She was only 16 years old and her goal was clear: she would free Orleans from the English occupation forces, only guided by her faith. Jeanne d’Arc was barely 1.58 meters tall but King Charles VII had seen her greatness beyond her height: he gave her an armor, a sword, but most of all a whole army! Respected and venerated by her men, the “maid of Orleans” evicted in ten days the English from Orleans. But this victory did not prevent her from being condemned by the church for heresy: she was burnt alive. Seen as an independent woman, warlord, epic heroine, saint or patriotic resistant, Jeanne d’Arc is a mythical figure in French history.
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