Format: COMPACT DISC
Les Presses Universitaires de France and Frémeaux & Associés offer this biography of Joan of Arc, explained and narrated by Franck Collard, professor of medieval history at the University of Paris-Nanterre. Between her birth in Domrémy in 1412 and her death at the stake in 1431, the Maid of Orléans undoubtedly disrupted the course of the Hundred Years' War; but even more, it nourishes the imagination and catalyzes passions. Alternately a monarchist icon or "the People's irruption into History" (Michelet), a canonized saint or a victim of religious obscurantism, Joan's heritage is as much elated as it is disputed. Thus, and while Joan of Arc did not live twenty years, she is still, six centuries later, a leading figure in the national narrative that it is fascinating to get to know better.