Joan of Arc: Symbol of Freedom

Did Joan of Arc do more fighting with her sword or with her strategy? Check out our post to learn more about the scholarly speculation.
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Did Joan of Arc do more fighting with her sword or with her strategy? Check out our post to learn more about the scholarly speculation.

Joan seen entering the city at the Battle of Orleans. April 29, 1429. (Getty)

Joan seen entering the city at the Battle of Orleans. April 29, 1429. (Getty)

More often than not, when we see images of Joan of Arc, we see a young woman, clad in armor, banner in hand, leading or having led forces to victory in battle. The visual above, which illustrates Joan relieving French forces at Orleans against the British 584 years ago today, demonstrates a people's love for those who fight for freedom. But fighting is not always done with a sword, and in the case of 17-year-old Joan, it may not have happened at all.

Although there's some speculation, most scholars seem to agree that Joan of Arc did not do any actual fighting during her military career. But, there's no denying that this teenager was indeed a leader. She was responsible for overall military strategy, giving orders to her troops and being involved in diplomatic negotiations with the English.

So does the banner inspire any less than the blade? Not according to what we see.