Joan Of Arc
The Maid of New Orleans
A young peasant who believed God chose her to lead an army to Orleans and lift the English siege.
When Saint Joan was only 13 she first heard a voice from God in her father's garden
Joan was also the first youngest person in history to command the armies of nation. She was only 17 and received the permission to command France.
After she received permission from the king, she changed into men's clothing and cut half of her hair off.
News of Joan's visions from God reached Orleans before she did. The French people began to hope that God was going to save them from the English. When Joan arrived the people greeted her with cheering and celebrations.
Joan had to wait for the rest of the French army to arrive. Once they were there, she launched an attack against the English. Joan led the attack and during one of the battles was wounded by an arrow. Joan didn't stop fighting.
Charles is King!
After winning the Battle of Orleans, Joan had only achieved part of what the visions had told her to do. She also needed to lead Charles to the city of Rheims to be crowned king.
Taken by the Burgundian soldiers, she fights til the end but is trapped when drawbridge to the city is raised.
King Charles of France, who Joan had help reclaim his throne, did nothing to help her get her back from the English.
God said WHAT?!
It is said that Joan knew she would be wounded in the Battle of Orleans. She also predicted that something bad would happen at the city of Compiegne where she was captured.
Joan was sold to the English for ten thousand gold francs.
Guilty or Not?
The English put Joan on trial and questioned her over the course of several days trying to find something that she had done that deserved death. They couldn't find anything wrong with her except that she had dressed as a man. They said that was enough to deserve death and announced her guilty.
She was threatened with torture unless she denied the Voices she was hearing.
Her fame only increased after her death, however, and 20 years later a new trial ordered by Charles VII cleared her name. Long before Pope Benedict XV canonized her in 1920, Joan of Arc had attained mythic stature, inspiring numerous works of art and literature over the centuries and becoming the patron saint of France.
In her name
Saint Joan of Arc feast day celebrated May 30.