Today’s task was to go on Wikipedia and find a random article to write about. The article that I found was on Joan of Arc.
Joan of Arc is considered a French hero because of her role during the Hundred Years War. Because of this she was canonised as a Catholic saint. Joan was born into a peasant family, at Domremy in north-east France. Joan claimed to have received visions of Angel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine, instructing her to support Charles VII in recovering France from English domination in the Hundred Years’ War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the Seine of Orleans as part of a relief army.
You must remember that the French military and leadership were demoralized after numerous defeats. One of the reasons Charles granted Joan’s urgent request to be equipped for war and placed at the head of his army, was because he knew that every orthodox and rational option had been tried and failed. It is a testament to Charles and his faith to believe an illiterate farm girl who claimed that the voice of God was instructing her to take charge of her country’s army and lead it to victory.
Joan gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII’s coronation. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.
This just goes to show that no matter how crazy your dream is, don’t be afraid to chase it, without Joan chasing what she knew to be true, France would have lost the Hundred Years’ War and Charles VII may have never been crowned King of France.
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