The Life of Saint Joan of Arc

Early Life

Joan of Arc was born within the year of 1412 in Domremy, France.

At the time of JOANS BIRTH, FRANCE(HER HOME)WAS IN BATTLE AGAINST ENGLAND, THE HUNDREDS YEARS WAR

Joan was extremely religious growing up , and many would describe her by saying, "She was greatly committed to the service of God and the Blessed Mary.”

The Visions

From the age of twelve, she began to have mystical visions. In these visions, she said she felt the voice of God commanding her to renew the French nation.

The visions were often accompanied by light and the presence of saints such as St Michael and St Catherine.

Call to Action

Joan did not speak of these visions, but at the age of 17 she was given divine messages urging her to seek an audience with Charles de Ponthieu currently an ineffective and relatively weak leader of the French.

Joan was then given control over an army and allowed to lead them into battle. Within a year Joan of Arc had led the French army to victories at Orleans, Patay and Troyes.

Aftermath

a year later Joan was captured by the Burgundian forces at Compiegne and sold to the English.

The English and members of the French clergy decided to put her on trial for witchcraft.

Joan was found guilty and condemned to death by burning at the stake. Faced with such an overwhelming ordeal Joan broke down and confessed.

However a week later she regained her strength and recanted her confession. This meant the penalty of execution by fire

Twenty-six years later, she was declared to be officially innocent and was officially designated to be a martyr. She was canonised a saint in 1920 and remains the patron saint of France.

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