Main Topic: Our World
Speaker: Carole Levin
Joan of Arc: Saint, Witch, Madwoman, Hero?
Joan of Arc is one of the most famous people of the 15th century and one of the most famous women in history. A peasant girl who grew up in France during the 100 Years War with England, in 1429 she heard the voices of saints, who told her to ask the dauphin (the king’s eldest son) for an army. In attempting to retake Paris, Joan was captured and tried by the English for witchcraft and sorcery. In 1431, she was burned at the stake, and in 1920 she was canonized. This talk discusses Joan’s life and her image and reputation in the centuries after her death.