Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

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  • Catherine Coleman B-1 HUM
  • Joan of Arc was an ordinary 13 year old girl who prayed frequently. She one day heard the voice of God. God told Joan to save France and put the dauphin on the throne and drive out the English. 
  • France was in chaos for a long long time. France was losing against the English for a long time. France was deeply divided by the tensions within the borders. 
  • The french were poured into Orleans by the English. In the middle of the battle Joan was hit by an arrow right between the neck and shoulder, then pulled it out. Her forces freed more surrounding towns from the English.
  • When the towns Mayor saw English troops approaching, he closed the drawbridge, trapping Joan outside. The Burgundian leaders captured her and threw her into prison. Charles made no effort to rescue or ransom the woman he owned so much to. 
  • The English and Catholic Church put Joan on trial in Rouen for her witchcraft and heresy, or spreading beliefs that violate accepted religious teachings. When the trail started in February 1431, Joan warned the bishop,"You say that you are my judge . Take thought over what you are doing. For I am truly sent from God."
  • A huge crowed gathered in Rouen on May 30, 1431, to watch Joan be burned. In 1455, Joan's family requested that the pope reopen her case, and Joan was found innocent of all charges. Joan was recognized as a Catholic saint. Today, Saint Joan is one of the most beloved of French heroes, the patron saint of the nation and of its soldiers.
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