On the 8th of May 1429, the town of Orlean in France erupted in celebration, for seven long months it had been under siege by the English but now after just four days of fighting, the town had been liberated and the people of Orlean knew they had witnessed a miracle. The speed of their liberation was astonishing enough but what confirmed it as a miracle was the identity of their liberator, she was a peasant girl and she was just 17 years old. Her name was Joan, she was a truly extraordinary figure, a female warrior in an age where people believed that women couldn’t fight, let alone lead an army.
To understand Joan’s story we need to explore a world where God and the Devil are both real. Today we are more aware than we have been, perhaps for centuries of the power of faith to drive people to do extraordinary things, for good or ill and in a world where Gods will is at work, anything is possible.