Born in 1412 - Died in 1431

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc had a great faith in God. She believed she had been chosen to lead the army of France in battles with England. She carried a banner onto the battlefield, but no weapon. She didn't want to hurt anyone. The English soldiers were afraid of her because they felt she had supernatural * power.

Her father wanted her to get married, but she said she wanted to follow God's calling. She didn't want to marry - and she didn't.

During the battle at Orleans, she was struck by an arrow. She pulled the arrow out and continued to lead.

Joan at the coronation of Charles VII
by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1854

News of her courage began to be told, and sometimes people would just give up rather than face her in battle.

She dressed in men's clothing and cut her hair short so she would not be recognized on the open roads.

Once, when she was imprisoned, she threw herself out of a prison tower. She fell 70 feet to the ground, but she didn't die. They put her back in prison and then in a few months she was put on trial. They said she was guilty of witchcraft * and of wearing men's clothes.

She died as a martyr * . She was burned to death.

Later there was another trial and they said she was not guilty, but that she was innocent * . She has even been declared a saint * by the Roman Catholic church.

There is disagreement about her education. Some people say she never did learn to read nor write, but you can look at copies of letters that others say were written by her.

Song: Jeanne d'Arc

This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.

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From Word Central's Student Dictionary
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(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)

Pronunciation: "soo-pər-'nach-(ə-)rəl
Function: adjective
: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially : of or relating to God or a spirit....

witchcraft, sorcery
Pronunciation: 'sors-(ə-)rE
Function: noun
: the use of powers gotten with the help of or by the control of evil spirits...

Pronunciation: 'mahrt-ər
Function: noun
1 : a person who suffers death rather than give up his or her religion
2 : one who sacrifices life or something of great value for a principle or cause
3 : a person who suffers greatly...

Pronunciation: 'in-ə-sənt
Function: adjective
1 : free from sin : PURE 2 : free from guilt or blame : GUILTLESS innocent of the crime...

Pronunciation: 'sAnt
Function: noun
1 : a holy and godly person; especially : one who is declared to be worthy of special honor
2 : a person who is very good especially about helping others...

Pronunciation: "dis-ə-'grE-mənt
Function: noun
1 : the act of disagreeing
2 a : the state of being different b : a difference of opinion...

2682: Joan of Arc Joan of Arc
By Mark Twain / Ignatius Press

Of all his works, this was Twain's personal favorite. Drawing on years of research, one of America's greatest authors retells the moving story of the maid of Orleans, portraying Joan's mystical visions, military prowess, endurance of charges of witchcraft and heresy, and her martyrdom with authenticity, poignancy, and admiration. An often overlooked masterpiece! 455 pages, softcover from Ignatius.

304156: Joan of Arc: The Teenager Who Saved Her Nation Joan of Arc: The Teenager Who Saved Her Nation
By Philip Wilkinson / National Geographic Children's Books

633388: Your Story Hour Volume 7 - Audiobook on CD Your Story Hour Volume 7 - Audiobook on CD
By Your Story Hour

Children will listen and learn as they experience the historic adventures of Joan of Arc, John Bunyan, Albert Schweitzer, George Mueller, Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Louis Pastuer, Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell, Dwight L. Moody, John Wanamaker, George W. Carver, and Keith Argraves. Exciting, educational, and entertaining, these dramatizations feature sound effects, music, and professional actors portraying the high moral values demonstrated by men and women throughout history, and necessary for successful living today. 12 one-hour CDs in a vinyl storage case.


The Life and Death of Joan the Maid
from The Red True Story Book by Andrew Land (public domain, 1895, full view)

"Joan of Arc"
by Ronald Sutherland Gower (public domain, 1893, full view)

"The Life of Joan of Arc"
by Anatole France (public domain, 1909, full view)

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by Ben D. Kennedy (selected pages)

Joan of Arc: The Lily Maid
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Joan of Arc, Warrior Saint
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Saint Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)

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Joan in my eyes was the peak of what a woman could be. Women in this day and age think they are independent.. look at joan she did it 500+ years ago not only was she independent she was a great leader as well. I have much respect for her and what she did. May she and her deeds always be remembered.
I never realised how awesome Joan of Arc was! I definatley want to have Joan for my confirmation name!

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