Part 1 on Twain’s Joan of Arc can be found here.
Part 2, here.
This post deals with Book 2 of the novel, and the following are summaries of the first two thirds of Book 2.
Summary to Book 2, Chapters 1-13:
Joan, now seventeen years old, is escorted to Vaucouleurs, a nearby town, where the local governor and nobility investigate Joan’s claims and conclude she divinely sent. They gather a group to take her to the King, and she leads the way through enemy territory. The King too becomes convinced, as is his leading inquisitor, the Dominican Brother Séguin, and the King gives her command of his army for the Battle of Orleans. Along the way we meet several of the characters that will have rank in her leadership: The Paladin, Sire de Retz, La Hire, and we see how her virtue and charm inspires devotion in her person.
Summary to Book 2, Chapters 14-28:
Joan takes command of the army and her first order of business is to dictate a letter to the English to depart from France. Of course they refuse. She then moves into action and marches toward Orleans, along the way encountering skirmishes. She wins a major victory in Orleans and advices the King to rush to Reims to claim the crown.