By Obinna Odenigbo
On this day, Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d’Arc) was handed over to the Bishop of Beauveau Pierre on Charges of insubordination and heresy and NoCoolStory reminds of what a larger-than-life figure this lady was.
The Catholic saint who was nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans) was born to a peasant family in north-east France.
Claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories against England during the Hundred Years’ War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France.
She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English in exchange for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon on this day in 1431 for charges of “insubordination and heterodoxy”.
Joan was subsequently burned at the stake for heresy when she was only 19 years old.
Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr.
Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is one of the patron saints of France, along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux.
Joan said she had received visions from God instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War.
The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence when she overcame the dismissive attitude of veteran commanders and caused the lifting of the siege in only nine days. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII’s coronation at Reims.
Joan of Arc has been a popular figure in cultural history since the time of her death and many famous writers, filmmakers and composers have created works about her. Cultural depictions of Joan of Arc have continued in film, theatre, television, video games, music, and performances to this day.
NoCoolStory commemorates this impressive teenager- who is without doubt still a great role model for 2014 teens and young adults