Fame and the Middle Ages:
THREE HISTORICAL FIGURES
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc was thought to be a prophet of God in her time, claiming she heard and saw what/who she thought was God and/or Jesus. Her home is Domremy, Champagne, and it was at 13 that she started to hear and see God. Today, she is a french heroine and patron saint, and their are numerous statues dedicated to her. It was at thirteen that she started to hear and see God. She died at the age of only nineteen; she was accused of speaking to God and wearing pants, and so she recieved burning at the stake as punishment.
Joan of Arc, simply, did some memorable things. She once fell sixty feet; she remained completely uninjured. She led the French army into battle and defeated the English. In honor of her, statues and monuments throughout France are dedicated to Joan, to commemorate her greatness.
"I am not afraid...I was born to do this." - Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc being burned at the stake.
A depeiction of Joan of Arc's seeing and hearing God and/or Jesus.
A rendering of Joan of Arc leading the French armada into battle.
John Lackland, more famously known as King John, was born on December 24th, 1166 to Henry II. He was a decent king who utilized his authority with monarchy. But, his most important achievement was probably his signing and approving of the Magna Carta, or Great Charter. Although he wanted to approve the document, a group of powerful nobles rallied against him and threatened death in the event he did not sign it. Now, with the Magna Carta, the king does not have complete and absolute power; he must obey the laws just like his subjects. Also, he could not tax as heavily as he used to. The Magna Carta was a major success in the future betterment of England as a whole, and King John helped make it happen.
Horrible Histories - King John Online
William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and also known as William the Bastard was born in 1028. He was nicknames "William the Bastard' becuase his parents were not married at the time he was born. He died in the priory of St. Gervase at Rouen; September 9th, 1087, and was eventually succeeded by his eldest son Robert II. He was surely a figure of importance during the Middle Ages. He ordered the inquests that resulted in the Domesday Book. Also, he founded the Anglo-Norman monarchy and realm. Lastly, and most importantly, he introduced the idea of continental feudalism, which put the majority of power in the hands of groups of high and capable nobles.
Horrible Histories - William the Conqueror