Over five and a half centuries have passed since Joan of Arc's death, and yet we are still writing books about her, asking ourselves who she really was, what she really did, and why what she did was so important. The facts give us the best answers to these questions. Before Joan appeared, France was a depressed place on the verge of falling under foreign domination. It was Joan who singlehandedly changed this, calling her nation to share in her faith, confidence, and passion. This book is about the terror she caused, the love she inspired, and the nation she created.