A Powerful Driving Force During France During The Hundred 's Year War

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As discussed earlier, religion was a powerful driving force in France during the Hundred’s Year War. The multiple events leading up to Joan of Arc presenting to the Dauphin had left the French army discouraged and with poor morale. The people of France and the military were looking for a divine intervention and found it in Joan. Joan built trust in her troops through her confidence in the visions and voices directing her mission, her patriotism, her fearlessness, and integrity. She was at the front of every attack she had ordered and returned to the battlefield despite injuries. A devout Christian, she stressed the importance of righteous character, scolding soldiers and fellow commanders for foul language and forcing all of the prostitutes out of the camp. She was strict about her soldiers going to confession and mass. This helped to boost morale and set an example for the soldiers of discipline and inspiration to their mission. Not only did she win the trust of her soldiers, but her countrymen as well, recruiting a military from Orléans who added in attacks upon the English. While many military commanders at the time had extensive training in command and military tactics, Joan did not have any prior experience. However, she learned quickly and was able to be an active part of military planning and was said to display expertise in artillery tactical planning. She may have won the hearts of her soldiers; it was more difficult for her to win the trust of her fellow…

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