France was on its knees, the English controlled large parts of the empire. The country’s male leaders proved incapable of defending their country. Then a peasant girl from the French provinces appeared on the scene. Convinced of the divine nature of her mission, she seized the sword and dedicated herself to the fight “for France, the Christian faith and the King”. The “Maid of Orléans” humiliated men with her victories and eventually also became a thorn in the side of the rulers.