Almost six hundred years ago, what would be the most amazing week in the history of Western Civilization was about to commence. This evening, the evening of April 29, Joan of Arc is entering Orléans to free it from the English siege. She has completed her inquisition in Poitiers, was found to be a most pious and good Catholic girl, worthy of taking up arms for Charles VII, and is moving her army into Orléans. The next 10 days will be quite page turning for future students of history.
The English, who to this point have essentially crushed the French Kingdom, are about to be crushed themselves in Orléans by a seventeen year old illiterate woman from a country village. The English will be systematically routed from several bastilles around the city and finally smashed in their last hold up, the bastille of Les Tourelles, on May 7. They will leave Orléans on May 8. The English commander, William Glasdale, who speaks to her in the most degrading terms in a yelling match he will shortly get into with her, is just over one week from trying to flee Joan and drowning in his armor in the Loire River.
What seemed to be the inevitable path for Western Civilization was about to change. What we know of today as the modern nation of France, was created by Joan of Arc, beginning on the evening of April 29, when she enters Orléans.