Joan Of Arc


is also called the Maid of Orleans, a patron of France
and a national heroine. Joan led the resistance to the English invasion in
the Hundred Years' War. She was born the third of five children to a
farmer. Jacques Darc and his wife Isabelle de Vouthon in the town of
Domermy on the border of provinces of Champagne and Lorraine. Her
childhood was spent attending her father's herds in the fields and
learning religion and housekeeping skills from her mother.

When Joan was about twelve years old, she began hearing "voices"
of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret. Joan believed them
to have been sent to her from God. These voices told her that it was her
divine mission to free ...

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miraculous victory over the English. She continued fighting the enemy in
other locations along the Loire ( Paine 211). Fear of troops under her
leadership was so formidable that when she approached Lord Talbot's army
at Patay, most of the English troops and Commander Sir John Fastolfe fled
the battlefield ( Nolan 69). Although Lord Talbot stood his ground, he
lost the battle and was captured along with a hundred English noblemen and
lost 1800 of his soldiers.

Charles VII was crowned king of France on July 17, 1429 in Reims
Cathedral. At the coronation, Joan was given a place of honor next to the
king. Later, she was ennobled for her services to the country.

In 1430, she was captured by the Burgundians while defending
Compiegne near Paris and was sold to the English. The English in turn
handed her over to the ecclesiastical court at Rouen led by Pierre Cauchon,
a pro-English Bishop of Beauvais, to be tried for witchcraft and heresy (
Struchen 45). Much was made of her ...

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