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Joan of Arc

On January 6, 2012 it marked the 600 anniversary of Joan of arc’s birth, maybe. Although no official records of the date exists she her friends and relatives surmised that she was about 19 during her trial for heresy in 1431.

Joan of arc is a historical French figure, a female warrior and martyr. Her real name is actually unknown although historians say it could have been any of four possible names; Jehanne d’Arc, Jehanne Tarc, Jehanne Romee, or even Jehanne de Vouthon. She was actually a commander of the French Army and was known as a fearless warrior and heroine of the Hundred Years War. This war was fought between France and England and although she never fought in battle or even killed a person she was a military mascot forging inspirational valor to her men.

The English viewed her as such a threat because her men loved and rallied around her, they feared killing her would make her a martyr and fire up the soldiers of France. Instead they captured and convinced her that the voice she heard, which she claimed was God’s urging her to fight in the Lord’s name, was that of witchcraft and or lies. During her last and famous in battle she was captured and imprisoned. After such time she was tried for heresy and eventually burned at the stake.

An interesting fact is that the Catholic Church made her a saint, St. Joan of Arc patron of soldiers and France. Feast day: May 30.

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