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