Joan of Arc: God's Warrior

Joan of Arc: God's Warrior

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Picture:In an Era where women weren't even allowed on the Battlefield, Joan of Arc's faith drove her transformation from an ordinary peasant girl into a legendary female warrior and historical icon.

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Explore the compelling life and tragic death of one of history’s greatest heroines.

Born to a peasant family in the village of Domrémy in eastern France, Joan of Arc claimed to experience her first vision in 1425 at the age of 13. When she was later placed on trial for heresy after the Hundred Years’ War, she explained that angelic figures encouraged her to drive out the English and bring the Dauphin, the heir to the French throne, to Reims for his coronation. While it was not surprising Joan claimed to be hearing heavenly voices—many people in 15th century France believed they were in contact with higher powers—it was the content of her vision that was particularly startling to others. No one had ever imagined a 19-year-old girl could fight, let alone lead an army. Joan of Arc: God's Warrior airs Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Distributed by American Public Television and releasing on public television stations nationwide beginning March 1, 2016, Joan of Arc: God's Warrior explores the compelling life and tragic death of one of history’s greatest heroines. English historian Dr. Helen Castor, an expert in the medieval period, guides the audience through the original court manuscript from Joan’s trial; the most detailed surviving record of its kind. As Dr. Castor explains why the trial unfolded the way it did—providing the medieval source material greater historical context—the documentary separates fact from fiction and allows the story of Joan of Arc to be told in full.