Season 5 Episode 7
Joan of Arc defeated the English at Orléans and lifted the siege. She convinced the Dauphin, Charles VII, to march to Reims for his coronation against the advice of his other captains. Joan wins the day and leads Charles through the enemy Burgundian territory to Reims.
Mark Twain refers to this march as a miracle, one he calls the “bloodless march.” Town after town swears allegiance to Charles, and enthusiasm for his crowning grows. People take to the roads to join Joan and her Dauphin!
Not everyone is happy, however. The English sympathizers in Reims are forced to leave with the prospect of Joan’s army arriving soon. They take much of the coronation regalia to discredit Charles’ coronation. However, they leave the most important coronation artifact - the Holy Oil used by every French King from the time of Clovis.
Despite the English efforts, Joan bested them once again. She has the location (Reims), the Holy Oil, and the archbishop for the ceremony.
At Reims, Joan of Arc kneels and hugs the newly crowned King by the legs. She did what God commanded her to do.
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