Publication Date


Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)


Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Arts in History



Major Advisor

David M. Walker, Ph.D.


Lisa McClain, Ph.D.


Nicholas Miller, Ph.D.


In the year 1429 France was a torn kingdom with Burgundy, a vassal and valuable ally to France, assisting the English in the war that historians would later dub the Hundred Years War. The war had been fought since the early-mid fourteenth century and France had seen little success in those years save for a brief period towards the end of the fourteenth century. France’s heir, who hid in southern France, was disinherited as a result of the Treaty of Troyes in 1420 which passed the throne to the English. Without Burgundy, France faced a two-front war with Burgundy in the east and England in the north and west. Joan of Arc accompanies a relief army to the besieged city of Orléans in May of 1429. For the next three months the French would win a string of victories against the English, be welcomed by towns and villages occupied by Burgundy and England, and see the disinherited dauphin Charles crowned King of France. Little over five years later, Burgundy would sign a peace treaty with France in 1435 securing an alliance and putting France back on track to win the long conflict known as the Hundred Years War. Joan of Arc, despite being executed in 1431, profoundly impacted the course of events that led to a treaty between Burgundy and France. This thesis attempts to show how she made such a reconciliation possible.