Deadliest Warrior: Legends quick facts:
- Joan left her peasant life at age 17 to lead France against England in the Hundred Years’ War. Her goal was to reclaim the French throne for the Dauphin (rightful heir) Charles, Count of Ponthieu.
- Joan always admitted to being a girl. But, she was told she must take the dress and weapons of a knight to be successful in convincing the Dauphan to give her what she needed, so she dressed as a man.
- Charles tried to trick Joan by dressing as a commoner. She went to him without hesitation. Believing she had divine assistance he gave her horse, armor, sword, and put her at the head of an army.
- The English hid when Joan arrived at Orleans. On the 4th day another general attacked the English and was losing badly. Joan rode in waving her banner and rallied the French who routed the enemy.
- Though badly wounded, Joan led a second charge against the English to drive them from Orleans. She followed this victory by reclaiming the royal seat at Rheims. Charles was anointed King Charles VII.
- Joan stayed on as a general in Charles’ army, and was captured by the English within a year. They tried her as a heretic and burned her alive in Rouen. 25 years later her conviction was overturned.
Arming Sword and Shield: The arming sword was the primary sword of most knights, generally having a distinctive cross shape and weighted pommel. Keeping with the classic image of European knights, it is paired with a shield.
Unlockable Weapon: Flanged Mace and Shield: The mace had a heavy head (in this case flanged) attached to a shaft, and is among the oldest of weapons. The mace had one purpose- to cause blunt trauma through any kind of armor.
Hache: The hache was a poleaxe with a long shaft, a small axe head, thrusting spike and hammer face for crushing. Developed by knights for unmounted combat they were supremely effective against plate armor.
Unlockable Weapon: Bec de Corbin: The bec de corbin was much like the standard pole hammer. Like a pole hammer it has a hammer face for smashing and spiked tip for thrusting , but also has a bent, sharp hook for grabbing and cutting.
Light Crossbow: The light crossbow had a laminated wood and horn bow that was cocked by hand. These would have been effective against scale and chain armor.
Unlockable Weapon: Heavy Crossbow: The heavy crossbow had a bow of either steel or thick laminated wood. A crank mechanism was required to cock them. They were excellent for penetrating plate armors.
Fullplate: Fullplate armor was among the heaviest armors used in battle. It had redundant plates, protrusions to protect against pikes, and for decoration, the major plates were frequently fluted and engraved.
Gambeson: A gambeson was a heavy, quilted coat that was worn under a knight’s armor. The gambeson offered protection against pinching metal plates, as well as absorbed some shock from impacts.