In this UTAS Open Day public lecture, Associate Professor Michael Bennett uncovers the history of Joan of Arc, her part in the events of the day, and her place in myth as well as history. This lecture is presented by the UTAS Faculty of Arts.
The School of History and Classics
History: the discipline
I was in my thirteenth year [1424?] when God sent a voice to guide me. At first, I was very much frightened. The voice came towards the hour of noon, in summer, in my father’s garden. I had fasted the preceding day. I heard the voice on my right hand, in the direction of the church. I seldom hear it without seeing a light. That light always appears on the side from the side from which I hear the voice.
King of England, and you, Duke of Bedford, calling yourself Regent of the kingdom of France … Pay back the King of Heaven; deliver the keys of the good cities you have taken and violated in France to the Pucelle [the Maid], who has been sent here by God, the King of Heaven … And you archers, noble knights, and others besieging the good city of Orleans, go away, for God’s sake, back to your country; otherwise, await news of the Pucelle, who will soon visit you to your great detriment … (addressed under the names of Jesus and Mary)
And all things prospered for you until the time that the siege of Orleans was undertaken … At which time … there fell, by the hand of God, as it seemed, a great assault upon your soldiers … by a disciple and follower of the Fiend, called the Pucelle, who used false enchantments and sorcery. This assault and destruction not only greatly reduced the number of soldiers but also marvellously discouraged the rest, and gave heart to your opponents …
Here is she who seems not to have come from anywhere on earth, who seems to be sent from Heaven to sustain her neck and shoulders a fallen France. She raised the king out of the vast abyss on to the harbor and shore by labouring in storms and tempests, and she lifted up the spirits of the French to a greater hope. By restraining the ferocity of the English, she excited the bravery of the French … O singular virgin … You are … the light of the lily, you are the beauty, the glory, not only of France, but of all Christendom.
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5 December, 2011