Who led the French to victory in the Siege of Orléans?
While she was not exactly the leader of the French troops in terms of rank, Joan of Arc emerged as the de facto leader of the force sent to relieve Orléans during the war. Her presence played a major role in rallying a flagging defense force and especially to inspire the civilian population of the town, which had been besieged for several months. Troops under her command won several key battles to open up lines of communication and supply, forcing the English army to lift the siege. She went on to lead French forces to a major victory at Patay and was a major factor in the coronation of Charles before her capture by Burgundian forces.