Helen Castor on Joan of Arc (1 x 60′) – Joan of Arc is a saint, revered as one of the most outstanding women of the Middle Ages. But by viewing Joan as a saint, people tend to forget the extraordinary nature of her life: a 17-year-old girl who came from nowhere and seized an exceptional moment, leading an army in a world that believed that women could neither fight nor lead. Helen Castor reveals the reasons Joan was able to do what she did, reasons that sprang from the times in which she lived but had nothing to do with her being a saint. It is the story of the real Joan – in part a striking tale of religious and military events, and in part a psychological courtroom drama that has been passed down through history from the records of her trial.
Source: BBC press release