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Timeline of Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)

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Joan of Arc
In 1412, Joan of Arc was born in the village called Domrémy, a province of Vaucoleurs. She grew up as a devout child who was the fourth out of five children. Her parents were Jacque D'Arc and Isabelle Romée. It was not certain what her mother Isabelle's last name truly was as the term Romée was used in reference to someone who took a pilgrimage to Rome and not a last name. There was no evidence that she ever went to Rome.

During the time of Joan of Arc, the French and English were towards the tail end of the one hundred years war. The French were in a state of disarray and the French armies and the people were disheartened and depressed. The Church was in a schism with three different religious figures claiming authority in three different locations.

In about 1425, Joan of Arc started hearing voices at about the age of thirteen. These voices told her to be devout and to save France. She claimed these voices to be that of different Saints. It was said that her father had a dream that she would travel with an army as a camp follower. He was so upset about this that he made his sons promise to drown her if she ever tried to go off with an army and if they could not do it, he would drown her himself.

From 1428 to 1429, Joan of Arc's fame started at about the time when she went with her cousin's husband, Durand Laxart (Lassois), to visit Robert de Baudricourt, the lord of the local Barliwick (Garrison Commander). She wanted him to allow her to go to Chinon and speak with Charles, the dauphin. Baudricourt refused her twice.

Still in 1429, she eventually was given permission to see Charles and convinced him to give her an army, but only after she was examined by the clergy. She took the army to Orleans, boosted the moral of the soldiers there, and won the battle with little fighting. This was a major battle in proving Joan of Arc as someone important.

In 1430, after a truce was called between the English and the French, Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundian troops and ransomed to the English. Joan of Arc was put on trial having been charged with heresy. She was forced to sign a confession and wear a dress to show her repentence.

Then in 1431, they tried to rape Joan of Arc to force her to done a man's clothing for protection at which point they claimed she had relapsed and were thus allowed to burn her at the stake.


Posted: August 3, 2005

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