Saturday, November 26 at 6.30pm on THE HISTORY CHANNEL
An icon of medieval history, Joan of Arc is both a legendary heroine and a martyred saint. Inspired by voices she believed came from God, the illiterate peasant girl emerged at 17 from a war-torn corner of France to rally a demoralized army and change the course of history. As the English raided the countryside villages of France in 1425, 13-year-old Joan began hearing voices, voices that demanded she bring peace to war-ravaged France. By 17, Joan had convinced leaders of France to grant her an army, and she fearlessly mobilized her troops on a quest that stunned the English invaders and brought about the coronation of the Dauphin, the French heir to the throne. At 19, Joan was convicted of heresy and sentenced to an agonizing death-burning at the stake.