Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

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  • Joan of Arc was born in 1412 in Domremy, France. She was born a peasant .  Her father, Jacques, was a farmer, and Joan helped him to farm. Her mother, Isabelle, taught  Joan to sew. 
  • Beginnings 
  • At the age of 12 Joan of Arc began to have visions. In one vision she saw Michael the Archangel.  The angel told her that she was to lead the French in a battle against the English, and after she drove the English out she was to take King Charles VII to be crowned. Joan continued to have visions and hear voices over the next several years.   
  • Visions from God 
  • When Joan was 16 she decided it was time to take action and go to the King to ask him for an army to defeat the English. After many rejected her and laughed at her, the King finally agreed to send her to Orleans which was under siege by the English Army.  Although she was wounded, Joan and the French were  brave in battle, and  the British retreated from the city.
  • Journey and Siege 
  • Joan now needed to achieve the second part of her vision. She needed to lead Charles to the city of Rheims to be crowned king.  Joan and the French Army did so and were cheered along the way.  Charles the VII was crowned King.   
  • King Charles is Crowned 
  • Joan then lead a small group to defend the city of Compiegne from the Burgundians.  She was captured and sold to the British who put her on trial for religious heresy.  She was found guilty and sentenced to death. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake when she was 19 years old.
  • Joan of Arc's Capture, Trial, and Death
  • Witnesses reported that Joan held a simple wooden cross in her hands, and that  she  forgave her persecutors before she died. Joan's family petitioned Pope Nicholas V to reopen the case against her. She was cleared of the heresy charges in 1456 and declared a martyr for the faith. Saint Joan was officially canonized a Saint in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. She is the Patron Saint of France, Prisoners, and Martyrs. 
  • Joan of Arc is Canonized 
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