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Joan of Arc and the Siege of Orléans

In the year 1428, the English besieged Orléans, hoping to capture the strategic and symbolic city. A victory here could have led to the conquest of France. However, a teenage girl named Joan of Arc would also come to Orléans, and the entire course of the Hundred Years’ War would be changed. In this episode of Bow and Blade, Kelly and Michael talk about one of the most dramatic stories of medieval military history.

Below is a map showing the city of Orléans along with English and French positions:

Image by Milo Tatch / Wikimedia Commons

Bow and Blade is hosted by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston.

Kelly DeVries is a Professor at Loyola University in Maryland and Honorary Historical Consultant at the Royal Armouries. You can learn more about Kelly on his university webpage.

Michael Livingston teaches at The Citadel and is the author of numerous books on medieval history as well as fiction novels. You can learn more about Michael on his website, or follow him on Twitter @medievalguy


You can learn more about Joan of Arc and the Siege of Orléans through Joan of Arc: A Military Leader, by Kelly DeVries and Medieval Warfare: A Reader, edited by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston.

See also: Joan of Arc: The Feminine and the Masculine

See also: The Hundred Years War Revisited: Avenging Angel

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Music: “Battle of the Creek” by Alexander Nakarada (
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Top Image: Les Vigiles de Charles VII, manuscrit de Martial d’Auvergne, vers 1484, BnF MS Français 5054 fol. 53r