Quoting my own post from this date last year:
Five hundred and eighty-five years ago today, Jehanne d’Arc led the French army under John of Dunois in the taking of the Tourelles, the heavily fortified and turreted gatehouse at the southern end of the bridge that led over the Loire river and into the besieged city of Orléans. She was seventeen years old. It’s an amazing episode both in Jehanne’s own story and the Hundred Years War itself – her first major military victory and a turning point in the war. The six-month siege itself was lifted on the 8th, and to this day, Jehanne bears the name La Pucelle d’Orléans – “The Maid of Orléans”.
To honour the date this year, here’s a graphite and digital watercolour sketch I made of Jehanne last summer. I wasn’t concerned as I usually am about being historically correct in the details of her armour – I just wanted to be free to sketch out a mood, and I quite liked the result.