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Joan of Arc, nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” is a national heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. A peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais, and burned at the stake when she was 19 years old. Twenty-five years after the execution, an Inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent and declared her a martyr. Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is – along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux – one of the patron saints of France.

Joan asserted that she had visions from God that instructed her to recover her homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence when she overcame the dismissive attitude of veteran commanders and lifted the siege in only nine days. Several more swift victories led to Charles VII’s coronation at Reims and settled the disputed succession to the throne.


  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image with great color. Excellent information to go with it. I knew of Joan of Arc of course but didn’t know all of this. Thank you

  • I am going to try to give information with my pictures. Don’t take as many pictures as I use to, because I never go anywhere if interest. Went last Saturday to New Orleans with friends. I think I really need to go back, because I think I am want more architecture photos.

    – Wanda Raines

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent capture of this great statue, Wanda! Great shot!

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