This course is an exploration of the period of history in England and France during the first half of the fifteenth century. The death of King Henry V in 1422 left a nine-month-old infant as King Henry VI of England. A few months later, the death of the King of France left that infant as King of France as too. The war with the French, the Hundred Years War, was ongoing, and since Agincourt, going England's way. The appearance of an illiterate peasant girl who believed God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England changed everything. Joan of Arc led the French to an overwhelming and unexpected victory and began the process whereby England would lose most of its continental possessions. These are the years of Henry VI and Joan of Arc, the precursor to the Wars of the Roses. No previous knowledge of fifteenth-century history is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course!
This course is an exploration of the period of history in England and France during the first half of the fifteenth century. It considers how, with no military training, Joan convinced the embattles French heir, Charles de Valois, to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orleans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies, the Burgundians. After seeing the prince crowned King Charles VII, Joan was captured by her enemies. We shall consider why she was tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431, aged nineteen, and the reasons why, having succeeded in establishing control over large swathes of France after Agincourt, England managed to lose these continental possessions. The course overview will look at how these events contributed to instability at home, which ultimately underpinned the origins of the dynastic conflict called the Wars of the Roses. No previous knowledge of fifteenth-century history is needed. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course!
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