This is the story of a young girl who died when she was nineteen. She was no beauty and no scholar. She could neither read nor write. She came from the obscurity of a small, remote hamlet and in less than fifteen months had crowned a king, set in motion events that were to save her country from foreign domination, defeated the forces of a great nation, and changed the history of western Europe. She was burned to death as a heretic. Nearly five hundred years later she was canonized and became the patron saint of the country she saved. It is one of the astonishing stories in the history. This is an attempt to tell it simply but accurately and to peel away the smothering husk in which some historians have enclosed. It is a story of a great saint – Joan of Arc.