Around the year 1412, a baby girl was born in a small French village. She was a farmer's daughter, and everybody expected that when she grew up she would become a farmer's wife. But this little girl was Joan of Arc - and she would never do what anybody expected of her. By the age of 13, she knew she had a mission - to drive the English from her country. By the age of 17, she had led the French army to victory. And, for daring to challenge the way things were, she was burned at the stake before her 20th birthday.
Philip Wilkinson has written nearly 50 books for adults and children. They range from his first book, Amazing Buildings, which won an award from the American Institute of Architects, to A Celebration of Customs and Rituals, which was endorsed by the United Nations. He has also written several successful TV tie-ins, including What the Romans Did for Us, and Restoration. He lives in the Cotswolds, England with his wife and son.