“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.” The Roman Catholic saint Joan of Arc spook these inspirational words over five hundred years ago. She became such an inspiration that writers such as Shakespeare and Mark Twain went on to tell her story in their work and in plays. Today Joan of Arc is well known in European history as a famous heroine. She fought and lead troops, motivating them in the Hundreds Year War to keep the English from invading.
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If she wasn’t able to participate in the Holy Sacrament, she would kneel in the fields and pray. Although she was never given a proper education, her mother taught her prayers. Joan also had a great love for the poor. Her parents would open their house to foreigners and Joan often gave her own bed to them, opting for the hard floor instead. She was undoubtedly a remarkably giving child with a fervent faith.
When Joan defeats the English at Orleans, she earns the respect of her French peers as a competent general and an extraordinary person. She is not viewed as someone special or revered; she is simply a good, brave soldier. Then their opinions of her begin to change – she is no longer seen as the unstoppable, driving force of the French military. The second time around, they expect her to meet defeat at the hands of the English, with or without God’s support. The French even begin to question her religious motivation: "When you first came you respected [the authority of The Church], and would not have dared to speak as you are now speaking.
Herman The Maid of Orleans Joan of Arc was just an average girl until she put on the helmet and hoisted the sword that changed the course of her life. Joan was a soldier for France during the Hundred Years War. Not only was she a woman on the battlefield, but she led an army at the age of 16. Both her effort in the battles and her trial majorly changed the outcome of the war. Joan of Arc changed society and continues to influence history today through her poor upbringing and dedicated early life, her heroics and bravery in battle, her courage and defiance during her trial, and her role and influence as a Catholic saint.
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