Before Joan of Arc saved France, she turned 13 in 1425. Later on, she heard the voices of Saints Michael, Catherine, and Margret telling her to help dauphin Charles claim the throne. When these voices started, France was already in chaos.
Maybe I should help?
The Hundred Years' War started in 1337, but in 1420, English king Henry V had managed to obtain the French throne. He died in 1422 and Charles thought he was the rightful heir to the throne. At age 17, Joan of Arc set out to help Charles claim the throne.
Yes! I must go help now!
Joan of Arc dressed as a boy as she set out to find Charles. Once she did, her first challenge had started, and it was to free the city of Orleans. She led Charles army into Orleans and they fought bravely to recapture the city that the English had held for six months.
Onward to his castle!
Kylee Breeler 11/20/17 HUM Bl 3 Per 5/6
After being struck with an arrow, Joan thought she could launch a surprise attack of the English. They, instead, were over whelmed with English troops. The mayor of the town closed the drawbridge once the troops were spotted. The English was out, but Joan of Arc was trapped outside with them. She was captured, and a huge ransom was made for her release.
Sir! I got her! Let's make a huge ransom for her release!
Once at the English's base, Joan of Arc was put in trial for witchcraft and heresy. Her trial had began in February, 1431. She had bravely stood her ground against the court as they made 70 accusations against her. The people watching loved how confident she was, but the court came to a decision.
I said I'm not a witch at all!
I said, when did you start to use witchcraft?!
The court came to the decision of burning Joan of Arc at the stake. This does seem brutal, but she was burned. In 1920, a long time later, the Catholic Church decided to make up for what they did and made Joan of Arc a saint. Before this, in her time, she was already cleared of all charges.