born 1412

France's patron saint was born in the thick of the Hundred Years' War, a series of battles that pitched the French against the English.

Known to villagers as Jehanne la Pucelle or the Maiden, Joan began hearing the voices of Saints Michael, Catherine and Margaret when she was just 13 years old. Their tidings prompted her to ask the heir to the French throne to let her command an army and lead the siege of Orléans. 

She helped guide the French to victory, until her capture in Compiègne. Tried as a heretic, 19-year-old Joan defended herself as valiantly as she'd defended her country. Declared guilty, she was {famously} burned at the stake.

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her quotes

all quotes by Joan of Arc (6)

"I was born for this."

On the road to the Dauphin | 1429

"Hope in God. If you have good hope and faith in Him, you shall be delivered from your enemies."

march from Blois to Orléans | 1429

"Act and God will act."

recalled by the Duke of Alencon in Joan's Trial of Nullification in 1455 | 1431

"Of the love or hate God may have for the English, or of what He will do for their souls, I know nothing; but I know quite well that they will be put out of France, except those who shall die there."

Eighth and Ninth Private Examination | 1431

"Whether the victory was my standard's or mine, it was all for Our Lord."

trial ~ sixteenth sessi?on {translated from Orleans manuscript} | 1431

"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying."

Joan of Lorraine | january 1946
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curated with care by Meghan Miller Brawley & Shelagh Bolger {may 2014 ~ updated june 2015}