St. Joan Of Arc


Saint Joan of Arc was born in Domremy in Lorraine, France, in 1412. Until the age of seventeen years, she lived the life of a simple shepherdess. At this time, she was commanded by Heavenly Voices to lead the French armies against the English forces which had invaded France. She did so with great success. Betrayed, she was tried by civil and apostolic courts and condemned to death. She was burned alive at the stake in Rouen, May 31, 1431. A later trial established her innocence and after due process she was declared a Saint in 1920.
Domremy was a small village in the Meuse Valley. Jacques d'Arc, Jeanne's father and mother, Isabelle Zabillet, were described by their neighbors, " They ...

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into a family of healthy parents, she did her housework, worked in the fields, tended the cattle and took part as a member of a country family. With these tasks, one might expect Jeanne to have rough hands, dark skin from spending so much time in the sun, and strong muscles. It would be expected that a future soldier must be tough and sturdy in order to lead the life which she led for herself.
The people of Domremy, testified that Jeanne 'had moral character and a sweet nature.' Consistent accounts are given that Jeanne's hair was short and black, that she had brown eyes and her complexion was dark and sun-burnt. As Jeanne arrived in Chinon, Philip of Bergamo said, ‘She was short as to her stature.'
As early as thirteen years of age, Jeanne heard voices from St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret." These voices frightened Jeanne, at first but later she referred to these voices as Angels. Joan was commanded to attend church, to go to France and to raise the siege in the ...

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of course, frustrated Joan. It was decided that Joan was a 'devoted Christian and a good person.' ‘ According to the Poitiers interrogatories,' that in her is found no evil, but only good, humility, virginity, devotion, honesty, simplicity."
Joan became frustrated with the delay. Before her departure, the King made Joan body armour. Louis de Coitus, was ordered to be the paige of Joan and he served her from Blouse to Orleans and on to Paris. Louis said that ‘ Joan had great confidence as a leader; she continually exhorted her soldiers that they trust altogether in God and confess their sins.'
When Joan arrived in Vaucouleurs, she was only a very young peasant girl. The king was very ...

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