The French Civil War: Joan Of Arc

3041 Words13 Pages
Joan of Arc: La Pucelle In the early 1400s, a civil war became present between two factions of the French Royal family, allowing the English to re-invade France. One side, the Orleanist or Armagnac faction, was led by Count Bernard VII of Armagnac and Duke Charles of Orleans. The rivals, who were known as the Burgundians, were led by Duke John-the-Fearless of Burgundy. His son, Philip-the-Good, led forces that later would capture Joan of Arc and hand her over to the English. A pro-Burgundian clergyman and English adviser named Pierre Cauchon later arranged her conviction on their behalf. Joan of Arc was born on January 6th of the year 1412, to parents Jacques and Isabelle d'Arc in Domremy, eastern France. Around the age of 12, Joan had visions of Saints Catherine and Margaret and St Michael the Archangel. Michael had been chosen as one of the patron saints of the French Royal army, long having been the parton of Mont-St-Michel, which held out against repeated English assaults. Duke Charles was less successful, gradually losing the allegiance of almost all important cities north of the Loire Rivier. His court was held in Bourges-en-Berru, hemmed by hostile forces. In 1428, when the English prepared to attack Orleans and gain control of…show more content…
Joan was struck in the thigh by a crossbow on September the 8th, and was carried back against her will while urging another assault. The army did no assault though, and was ordered back to St-Denis, where the King was. That was where he learned his commanders were thinking of going to a bridge built by the orders of the Duke of Alencon to Paris, and he ordered it destroyed. The troops marched back on the 13th, and was disbanded at Gien on the 21st. Most believed that policies promoted by the Royal counselors fatally undermined Joan's

More about The French Civil War: Joan Of Arc

Open Document