Joan of Arc, also known as La Pucelle meaning “Maid of Orleans” was known as a prophet because she led the French army to victory over the British at Orleans at age eighteen. Joan was captured by the English and abandoned by her own. Even though she had passed on, she remains an inspiration through the decades.
Joan is the daughter of Jacques and Isabelle Arc; she was born in a little village of Domremy in January 6th in the year 1412. In her early years, around age twelve in the summer of 1425, a supernatural character appeared before her with a blaze of light and spoke to her about her fate. Those supernatural beings were St. Michael, St Catherine, and St. Margaret, Joan could not believe what she saw. She refused to speak about her supernatural experience. In 1428 the call of almightily God became insistent. It became clear and Joan no longer doubted that she was destined to go help the king Charles VII.
First, she must presented herself to Robert Baudricourt the commender for the king in the neighboring town of Vaucouleurs. Joan found him to be rude and temperamental; he treated Joan’s mission as a joke. Later Joan and Baudricourt invaded Orleans and the defeat was imminent. Meanwhile King Charles VII and his supporter were worried about our decreasing numbers. Even though all odds were against her, Joan never lost faith. Her brothers Jean and Pierre also fought by her side while Joan carried a banner to battle that bore the name of Jesus.
Joan had a volatile temper, even though she was young teenage peasant girl; she did not hesitate to chew out other prestigious soldiers for swearing, behaving indecently, skipping Mass or dismissing her battle plans. She also called her noble patrons “spineless” for trying to compromise with the English. Joan short fuse did not stop there she drove away the mistresses and prostitutes who traveled with her army hitting one or two in the process. The personal attacks by the English, who called her rude names and joked that she should return to her cows, made her blood boil.
Joan knew she would soon meet King Charles VII in Chinon. She appeared to him in male attire at her own request, to protect her modesty in a life as a soldier. This disguise protected Joan if her group was captured her clothing would protect her from rape. The clothing provided protection because it had numerous cords with which the long boots and trousers could be tied to the tunic which would offer an added measure of security. Just before she had arrived the king had disguised himself in a group of attendants but without hesitation she saluted him. The king seemed to be half-hearted and he did not believe in her crazy visionary mission. Theologians found nothing heretical in her claims to the supernatural guidance, so she was further tested. Joan Arc told the King that she would search for an ancient sword guided by saints. The sword was found in the very spot where her voices indicated. The people of France were astonished to see that her voices of a higher power were true. It was sure that France would be led to victory by Joan’s guidance from the angels.
The most Interesting fact was her letter to Sire De Rotslaer written in Lyons on April 22, 1429. It was a report of events that would take place in the future. The letter reported that she would save Orleans and would compel the English to raise the siege, that “she herself in a battle before Orleans would be wounded by a shaft but would not die of it, and that the king, in the course of the coming summer, would be crowned at Reims, together with other things which the king keeps secret.” (Thurston, www.newadvent.org) Joan asked the King of England to withdraw his troops from French territory. The English were enraged at the insolence of the demand, but Joan moved quickly and entered Orleans. She took charged, English forts were surrounded all the English soldiers were captured. Joan was wounded by an arrow but the strength of god was within her...
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