Joan of Arc was really one of the most unusual historical figures. It is startling to learn that she is one of the most documented figures of the middle ages. For all that, like many famous people, the legend is better know than the reality. Over time people reinvent Joan of Arc to fit in with their needs for a certain type of hero or certain reinterpretation of history.
The author goes back to original sources and meticulous research.
Joan wasn't a peasant or a shepherdess, not really, although she was from a modest background.
She did hear voices and was very religious. She did persuade nobles and the Dauphin (King) to follow her lead or at least let her get on with what she wanted to do, although only up to a point. She was highly intelligent and her achievements changed the course of history.
Strangely, the main offence she was convicted of at her trail was the wearing of mens clothing.
The Virgin Warrior - the life and death of Joan of Arc by Larissa Juliet Taylor ISBN 978-0-300-16895-2