A day like today Joan of Arc was born: saint, heretic, martyr and warrior

Although his birth is not specified in the annals of history, it is estimated that on a day like today, he was born Joan of Arc or the Maid of Orleans, who became, at a very young age, a heroine of France, who by the grace of God, commanded the French army against the English during the final phase of the Hundred Years’ War.

The story is quite well known, and his story was made into movies several times, and he was a recurring character in literature. Despite her short life, her mark was left in history that remembers her as a martyr, a heroine, and a saint.

To get to know this great woman a little better, we punctuate her story a little

1. Joan was born in the village of Domrémy (now called Domrémy-la-Pucelle in her honour) about 1412-1413.

2. Although we know her as Joan of Arc, or Jeanne d’Arc in French, she called herself Jehanne la Pucelle or Joan the Lady.

3. He started hearing voices at the age of 13, the first time he was in his family’s garden. Those voices were the ones that made her appear before Carlos IIV, to help him win the war against the English.

For Juana, her mission to expel the English from France and crown Charles was a direct mandate from God. “I was sent here in the name of God, the King of Heaven, to carry you body by body out of France…” he said in a challenge written and sent to the English before fighting in the Battle at Orléans.

4. She wasn’t quite sure how old she was. At her trial, Juana said she believed she had about 19 years to live.

5.Her military career spanned from April 1429, when she left with troops to help lift the siege of Orléans, until May 1430, when she was captured by troops loyal to John of Luxembourg.

6. The English, commanded by John, Duke of Bedford, attributed the defeats at the hands of Juana’s army to witchcraft and were convinced that the warrior was sent by the devil. That is why she was burned alive at the stake, upon being captured, accusing her of being a heretic.

7.In 1920 she was recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. His canonization ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome drew 60,000 to 70,000 people.

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