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Even though Joan of Arc was a woman, she still to this day is "the most respected and famous fighting woman in European History " (quotes one author). Joan fought for what she believed in, and in the end justice was served.

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Even though Joan of Arc was a woman, she still to this day is "the most respected and famous fighting woman in European History " (quotes one author). Joan fought for what she believed in, and in the end justice was served. She fought on the battlefield with all of her courage and might, and she died with her pride and honor for what she believed in. While Joan of arc was a very admirable woman, she was also born during a battle, was called upon from saints, fought to defend her country and people, and therefore was punished and killed for her decisions. Monica Bourg Ms. Ambrose English IV H October 1, 2005 Maid Of Orl�ans As the great Napoleon Bonaparte once said, '"There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit,"'("Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes"). No matter how tough the battle, and how dangerous the weapons may be, if ones spirit is kept alive they can succeed in anything. ...read more.

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Because of her visions and the voices from saints, Joan used the knowledge she received to her advantage and fought to defend her king and country. Charles was hesitant about letting a women take command over his army to defend France. Charles was very desperate because the English had captured almost half of France including Paris. One source mentions, "When Joan told him of her visions of the Saints, he was doubtful, so he set up two tests for her: in the first test he disguised himself as a courtier, but she pointed him out immediately, and in the second test he asked her what he prayed to God for the night before she arrived; she told him exactly what he prayed for "("Joan of Arc" gale group). Joan proved to Charles through a series of tests that her visions were in fact real. Some of the clergies believed her to be Satanic, but Joan was approved by Charles. Charles fitted her with armor and gave her command of the military. ...read more.

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"Her bravery in death people thought they had witnessed martyrdom of a Saint" ("Joan of Arc" Gale Group). Joan of Arc was such an amazing person who put such an impact on so many peoples lives, those who witnessed her death felt guilty afterwards. Much to her family's regret she was not allowed a Christian burial as her ashes were thrown into the Seine River. "In 1455 her family called for a new trial. In 1456, a mere 25 years after her death, Pope Calixtus II declared that Joan was innocent in the end; and almost 500 years later, in 1909, Pope Pius X proclaimed her to exalt above others-a step towards sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church; and in 1920, over 500 years after her death, "Pope Benedict XV declared Joan of Arc a saint in 1920 her feast day, is the day she died, May 30" stated one author, ("Joan of Arc" gale group). "Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orl�ans, was neither a witch or a saint, but by peculiar circumstances her life and death fulfilled the requirements of both" (states one unknown author). ?? ?? ?? ?? Bourg ...read more.

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