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Joan of Arc

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Joan of Arc was made into a transformational leader from the obstacles she faced throughout her short lifetime. Even though her life was short, she accomplished so much in leading an army and capturing Chinon when nobody believed or had any faith in her. She was raised in a poor town of Domremy where she worked and helped all the time around her house and the village. She was known to be a bit of a tomboy by her clothing she wore. Joan of Arc was an outcast from others of the time period because of her “visions” from God and her appearance. No girl in the 1400’s was to wear any kind of manly clothing or they were lashed or beaten. Joan’s “visions” were like a regular conversation between her and God who told her she was going to lead an army too Chinon and defeat the English. He also told her that she would die early but not from war. After her “vision” she went to Robert Baudricourt and discussed it with him. He just laughed and told her to let it go. It didn’t seem real to him; that a young seventeen year old girl could lead a group of men to conquer Chinon. Joan kept bugging him about her talk with God and he finally caved in and gave her a group of 6 men to serve her in battle. She prepared and defeated her first battle at Chinon with a mild injury of an arrow piercing through her chest. She told them to snap the end of the arrow; then she pulled it out and continued fighting until she won the battle. She went on and won many wars until the English was free and would be its own country. After her last battle, King Charles VII sent a few people to capture and arrest Joan for false crimes; she did not commit. Even though the charges were false and held her against her will under imprisonment, King Charles VII was the leader of the English and was angry at her role in the wars to gain the French’s freedom. She helped put Charles VII into the power he had but things have changed him into a monster she did not recognize and despised. While she was infuriated...

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