Routier Perrinet Gressart: Joan of Arc’s Penultimate Enemy

kelly devries

Even my English medievalist colleagues, however reluctantly, must admit that Joan of Arc played a significant role in the Hundred Years War.

Joan of Arc Museum opens in France

Joan of Arc Museum

Those interested in the story of Joan of Arc have a new destination – Rouen, where the Joan of Arc History Centre opened last month, making use of a 15th century Archbishop’s palace that played a role in history of the Maid of Orléans.

Joan of Arc, a medieval Antigone and a (post-) modern myth?

Charles VII meets Joan of Arc

Let’s admit, first of all, that it would certainly be, abusive to read the motive of Antigone tout court in the ambivalent character of Joan of Arc, although Steiner approaches the two figures by the…

Ten Medieval Warrior Women

Medieval Women Warriors

While Joan of Arc is well-known as a woman who was involved in medieval warfare, there are many more examples of women who took up arms or commanded armies during the Middle Ages.

BOOKS:Medieval Celebrities!

The Maid and the Queen - The Secret History of Joan of Arc

They may not have won any Oscars, but they were definitely medieval celebrities! Here are some great reads about some of the most famous faces of the Middle Ages

The Privileging of Visio over Vox in the Mystical Experiences of Hildegard of Bingen and Joan of Arc

Illumination from the Liber Scivias showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary


Gender Transgression as Heresy: The Trial of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

This paper aims to take the trial of Joan of Arc seriously by arguing that Joan really was a heretic because she was different from orthodox Christians in that she transgressed traditional gender roles.

Myths and mandrakes


Others, however, began to wonder whether the possession of roots might not bring them success in other areas as well—wealth, popularity, or the power to control their own and other people’s destinies, and took to wearing them as good luck charms.

Is truth more interesting than fiction? The conflict between veracity and dramatic impact in historical fiction

woman writing

I do not wish to enlist, on either side, in the battle between historians and novelists. What I would like is to suggest a foray which may at first glance seem a minor skirmish, but which may significantly affect the way in which a writer portrays people who once lived, particularly famous people.

Joan of Arc: Christian Heretic, Christian Saint

Jeanne in the protocol of the parliament of Paris (1429).

Joan of Arc was the French hero of the Hundred Years War and the catalyst who tipped the war in favor of the French after a series of disheartening English victories.

Hugh Kennedy of Ardstinchar: Joan of Arc’s Scottish Captain

Hugh Kenedy of Ardstinchar

Priest, soldier, pillager, diplomat, counsellor to kings, Archdeacon of St Andrews… and mentioned in the birth of Scottish golf. You couldn’t make this man up.

An introduction to the investigation into the mental health of female medieval mystics

Catherine of Siena

While the Medieval ascription to madness is known, in the light of recent psychological and medical insights, I will explore alternative explanations for the extreme behaviour of devout women in the Middle Ages.

France’s Jehanne: The 15th Century Heroine in Truth and Fiction

Joan of Arc

Jehanne bends her legs and arms, holding them close to her chest like a small child, trying hopelessly to find warmth on the cold, damp floor of her prison cell. Sitting only feet away from her body, outside the bars of her tiny cage, two guards argue over  whose task it is to watch over her throughout the night. Their loud shouts echo against the tower’s stone walls and follow the stairs to the wet, deserted ground. She extends her arms around her head in an effort to drown out their foul noise from her head and hopefully alleviate her nose from the rank odor of putrefied air.

The ‘relics of Joan of Arc’: A forensic multidisciplinary analysis

joan relics

Under the authority of the Association des Amis du Vieux Chinon and the Archbishop of Tours (curator of the remains), a scientific analysis was recently performed on the so-called ‘relics of Joan of Arc’, which reside in Chinon (in central France).

Joan of Arc, creative psychopath: is there another explanation?

Joan of Arc in battle

Many of these facts can be explained by the hypothesis that Joan of Arc suffered from tuberculosis with a temporal lobe tuberculoma and tuberculous pericarditis.

Teaching Knighthood and the Late Medieval Battlefield using the Knights of The Messenger

the messenger 1999

Teaching Knighthood and the Late Medieval Battlefield using the Knights of The Messenger By Matthieu Chan Tsin The Once and Future Classroom, Vol.7:1 (2009) Introduction: When Luc Besson and Sony released The Messenger in 1999, movie reviewers were quick to judge the director’s version of Joan of Arc’s story as historically inaccurate. However, the same […]

The Use of Gunpowder Weaponry by and Against Joan of Arc During the Hundred Years War

This article explores the possibility of a link between Joan of Arc and evolution of gunpowder weaponry during the Hundred Years War, a thesis for which there is some evidence.

‘An Entirely Masculine Activity’? Women and War in the High and Late Middle Ages Reconsidered

Joan of Arc in battle

What if women did play a more significant part in military history than traditionally has been assumed?

The Schizophrenia of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

A great many of the tragedies of the past must have been caused by mental disease which was undetected and misunderstood. Such a case may well have been that of Joan of Arc.

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