May 30 - Saint Joan of Arc

Quick Facts
  • One of five children born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romee.
  • Shepherdess.
  • Mystic.
  • From age 13 she received visions from Saint Margaret of Antioch, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and Michael the Archangel.
  • In the early 15th century, England, in alliance with Burgundy, controlled most of what is modern France.
  • In May 1428 Joan's visions told her to find the true king of France and help him reclaim his throne.
  • She resisted for more than three years, but finally went to Charles VII in Chinon and told him of her visions.
  • Carrying a banner that read ""Jesus, Mary"", she led troops from one battle to another.
  • She was severely wounded, but her victories from 23 February 1429 to 23 May 1430 brought Charles VII to the throne.
  • Captured by the Burgundians during the defence of Compiegne, she was sold to the English for 10 thousand francs.
  • She was put on trial by an ecclesiastical court conducted by Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, a supporter of England, and was excuted as a heretic.In 1456 her case was re-tried, and Joan was acquitted (23 years too late).
  • ""About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter.""- Saint Joan of Arc, as recorded at her trial