Joan of Arc (1414 – 1431)
Patron of France and Soldiers
When I was a young girl living in France I marveled at the sites Joan is famous for – Orleans and the Rheims Cathedral. She was a 13-year-old peasant girl who began to hear heavenly voices and obeyed them because she tried to do what she thought God wanted of her.
The English and French were in a long constant battle for claiming the French throne. Her mission – to reclaim Orleans and to crown Charles VII as the Dauphin at Rheims. A year after this victory, Joan was captured by the English, charged with heresy and burned at the stake on May 31, 1431.
Joan of Arc helps me to fight my battles. One more thing, my mother possessed a beautiful silver medallion (shown above) of her charging into battle. Today I wear it affectionately to thank my Maman and Joan of Arc.