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Joan of Arc, first known as Jeanne d'Arc, was born in the village of Domremy, in the Champagne district of northeastern France.

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Joan of Arc, first known as Jeanne d'Arc, was born in the village of Domremy, in the Champagne district of northeastern France. She was born on January 6, 1412 and died May 30,1431 at the age of 19. Joan is a French national heroin and a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. She rescued France from defeat during the "Hundred Years War" against England. In honor of her victory she is often called the Maid of Orleans. This is her life. Joan was born the third of five children to a farmer, Jacques d'Arc and his wife Isabelle de Vouthon in the town of Domremy. Her childhood was spent attending her father's herds in the fields and learning religion and housekeeping skills from her mother. ...read more.

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Joan convinced the captain of the dauphin's forces, and then the dauphin himself of her calling. After passing an examination, she was given troops to command and the rank of captain. "In those days it was not unusual for women to fight side by side with the men." And by pretending to be a man, in order to fulfill what she thought was gods destiny for her, she succeeded. On July 17, 1429, Charles VII was crowned king of France, in Reims Cathedral. At the coronation, Joan was given a place of honor. It was therefore quite natural for Charles to accept the military services of Joan of Arc. In April of 1429, Joan and her army set out to rescue Orleans from English control. At first the French commanders hesitated to obey her orders, but eventually they listened to her. ...read more.

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Joan, being only nineteen at the time, was convicted after a fourteen-month interrogation, and she burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 in a marketplace. Her courageous death had caused many to believe they had witnessed the martyrdom of a Saint. Joan did not receive a Christian Burial. Instead her ashes were thrown into the Seine River. In 1455 her family called for a new trial. In 1456, a mere 25 years later, Pope Calixtus III declared that Joan was innocent in the end. Almost 500 years later, in 1909, Pope Pius X proclaimed her to exalt above others. A step towards sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1920, almost 500 years after her death, the Catholic Church declared Joan to be a saint. Celebrated in memory of Joan of Arc. is the day of her death, May 30. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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