Here’s a question for those of you who know this area of Catholic history. The story of Joan is really remarkable in the Church; there’s nothing quite like it. God inspires a young peasant woman to lead an army at a time when no woman would ever do such a thing. In a short while she is betrayed by Church clergy, in collusion with the state, and suffers a dreadful death.
The setting is the complicated Hundred Years War in France and England, and the particular skirmish she was involved in was fairly localized. My question is, how do scholars see her role now, if at all, through the eyes of faith? That is, what did she actually accomplish and what sense is there of its historical significance?
One would think that there would be mighty consequences and a clear sense that she changed history in a significant way given this odd and remarkable event in Church history. Is there?