Juxtaposed Joan

martyr

noun: a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs

Saint Joan of Arc was born a French peasant in 1412.  She began hearing voices around age twelve; most notably that of Saint Michael.  But also of Saint Catherine.

Her visions instructed her to fight in specific battles.  It was not easy to convince the powers that be to allow her to dress as a man and fight with the militia.  Many believe the only reason she was granted permission was that her divine intervention was regarded as the final hope in the failing Hundred Year War.  Saint Joan won several battles and is ultimately credited in aiding France with creating new strategic military tactics.

Saint Joan of Arc has been portrayed as a cultural icon through art, film, literature, music, and even video games.  Her youth, innocence, and poverty directly contrast with her wisdom, military bravery, and unabashed faith in God making the juxtaposition of Joan so fascinating.

She was burned at the stake at the age of nineteen in 1431.

The name Joan is Hebrew, and means “God is Gracious”.

“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 Arc

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