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The Maid, he reports, said "that she would save Orléans and would compel the English to raise the siege, that she herself in a battle before Orléans would be wounded by a shaft but would not die of it, and that the King, in the course of the coming summer, would be crowned at Reims, together with other things which the King keeps secret." Before entering upon her campaign, Joan summoned the King of England to withdraw his troops from French soil.The English commanders were furious at the audacity of the demand, but Joan by a rapid movement entered Orléans on 30 April. By 8 May the English forts which encircled the city had all been captured, and the siege raised, though on the 7th Joan was wounded in the breast by an arrow.Michael (who was accompanied by other angels ), St. Anatole France, to explain these voices as the result of a condition of religious and hysterical exaltation which had been fostered in Joan by priestly influence, combined with certain prophecies current in the countryside of a maiden from the bois chesnu (oak wood), near which the Fairy Tree was situated, who was to save France by a miracle.But the baselessness of this analysis of the phenomena has been fully exposed by many non-Catholic writers.The village of Domremy lay upon the confines of territory which recognized the suzerainty of the Duke of Burgundy, but in the protracted conflict between the Armagnacs (the party of Charles VII, King of France ), on the one hand, and the Burgundians in alliance with the English, on the other, Domremy had always remained loyal to Charles.
Baudricourt was still skeptical, but, as she stayed on in the town, her persistence gradually made an impression on him.In French Jeanne d'Arc ; by her contemporaries commonly known as la Pucelle (the Maid).Born at Domremy in Champagne, probably on 6 January, 1412; died at Rouen, 30 May, 1431.Instead of the sword the king offered her, she begged that search might be made for an ancient sword buried, as she averred, behind the altar in the chapel of Ste-Catherine-de-Fierbois.It was found in the very spot her voices indicated.