Lesson Plan

Witnesses to Joan of Arc and The Hundred Years’ War

Statue of Joan of Arc in Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C.
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Statue of Joan of Arc in Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C.

Joan of Arc, one of France's most famous historical figures, has been mythologized in popular lore, literature, and film. She is also an exceptionally well-documented historical figure. Transcripts of two of her trials and other archival records such as letters Joan dictated are available online through EDSITEment resources. Through such firsthand accounts, students can trace Joan's history from childhood, through her death, and on to her nullification trial. Reading the words of laborers, pages, knights, and clerics provides an authentic historical context for her charismatic and complicated personage. Students completing the lesson will better understand Joan's place in the history of the Hundred Years' War: what motivated her, enabled her successes, and brought about her demise and posthumous vindication.

Guiding Questions

How do firsthand accounts reflect Joan of Arc's role in the Hundred Years' War and her posthumous rehabilitation?

Why is Joan of Arc remembered as a hero of France? 

Learning Objectives

Examine the key events of the Hundred Years' War in France to determine short and long-term consequences. 

Evaluate the circumstances of Joan of Arc's life and death. 

Evaluate the legacy of Joan of Arc.