It was 1425 when Joan, a 13-year old peasant girl heard the voices of saints. She believed it was her duty to save France and make sure that Charles, the dauphin, was crowned king. Following the word of God, she set off on her quest.
God's Angels are calling to me! I must save my country and crown the dauphin!
To protect herself, she dressed as a man and asked a military commander for soldiers. Eventually, he gave her some and she set off to see Charles. The dauphin had heard a prophecy that she would save France.
Fine... you can have some soldiers.
Thank you, sir!
Charles and Joan set out to Orleans, a French town that had been under siege for six months. On May 4th, she led her army into battle. In battle, she was shot with an arrow, but she pulled it out of her chest and continued to fight.
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In a later battle, Joan was taken captive by the Burgundian army, and Charles, the newly crowned king, made no effort to rescue her. Eventually the English ransomed for her.
Back in England, Joan was put on trial for witchcraft and heresy. Her trial was judged by Bishop Pierre Cauchon, an English ally. The court made 70 accusations against her, and she signed a confession, which she later took back, giving up her life.
Take my life, not my honor!
In Rouen, on May 30, 1431, Joan was burned at the stake. Many people came to watch her die. In 1455, the Pope reopened her case and found her innocent. In 1920, she was recognized as a Catholic saint.