Joan of Arc

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc was born around 1412 to a peasant family in France. She is known as a French heroin and Roman Catholic saint. When she turned 12, she started experiencing mystical visions. She developed a deep interest in religion due to these visions. At the age of seventeen she was able to convince Charles to lead an army. She made some victories possible for the French army. Members of French Clergy and the English put her on trial for the charges based on witchcraft. She was able to gain public sympathy due to her sharp answers but still finally she was burned at the stake.  Her name was cleared by Charles VII after 20 years in a new trial post her death. She regained the status of the patron saint of France.
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Occupation: Saint
Nickname:  "The Maid of Orléans"
Born: 1412, Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France
Died: May 30, 1431, Rouen, France
Full name: Jeanne d'Arc
Parents: Isabelle Romée, Jacques d'Arc
Books: Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc: In Her Own Words
Venerated in: Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion
Beatified: 18 April 1909, Notre Dame de Paris by Pope Pius X
Canonized: 16 May 1920, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome by Pope Benedict XV
Feast: 30 May

Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there.

Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth.

King of England, and you, duke of Bedford, who call yourself regent of the kingdom of France... settle your debt to the king of Heaven; return to the Maiden, who is envoy of the king of Heaven, the keys to all the good towns you took and violated in France.

If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.

I was in my thirteenth year when I heard a voice from God to help me govern my conduct. And the first time I was very much afraid.

Since God had commanded it, it was necessary that I do it. Since God commanded it, even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers, even if I had been a King's daughter, I would have gone nevertheless.

It is true that the king has made a truce with the duke of Burgundy for fifteen days and that the duke is to turn over the city of Paris at the end of fifteen days. Yet you should not marvel if I do not enter that city so quickly.

I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God's will.


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