University of Bath

Joan of Arc

Part of the Minerva Series of lectures

7 Feb 20185.15pm
7 Feb 20186.15pm
Joan of Arc statue
Statue of Joan of Arc

St Joan is a unique historical character: the medieval personality about whom most has been written; the best recorded medieval commoner of all; and the only person to be both executed as a heretic and then made a saint by a Christian Church. Today she is equally popular with Catholics, socialists and feminists. All this is the more remarkable for an active public career which lasted just twelve months. This lecture is designed to ask whether we can ever truly get to know her, why she became so famous, and why she is at once one of history’s most spectacular successes and failures.