Saint Joan of
Arc was born circa 1412 in Domremy, France. From an early age, Joan of Arc’s
mother imbued the love of Catholicism within her, later influencing her decision
to fight in the Hundred Years War. Joan of Arc is remembered because of her courage, bravery, and piety.

            The Hundred
Years War began in 1337 and ended in 1453. It was fought between England and
France over a dispute in territory. During the 116 years it lasted, the war was
split up into three different eras; the Edwardian Era War, the Caroline War,
and the Lancastrian War. Saint Joan of Arc lived and fought during the Lancastrian
War era, helping bring France to victory at Normandy. Before entering the war,
Saint Joan of Arc’s village unwillingly evacuated their homes, due to the
impending threat of British invasion. During this time period, women were considered
inferior to men. This inhibited many of the roles women were ‘allowed’ to do.

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             Saint Joan of Arc faced several struggles
before earning the reputation she is remembered for today. When Joan was thirteen
years old, she began to hear God’s voice in her head. God had begun to reveal
his divine mission for her, which was to rescue France from Britain and to
declare Charles VII as the lawful king. Many doubted her and even questioned
her faithfulness to God. This was the first of many difficulties she would face
in her life. Once she began her journey to bestow Prince Charles VII the
throne, she visited the Vaucouleurs for permission to ask Prince Charles VII to
fight in the war. She was rejected at first, but she persisted. This attached many
followers who believed that Joan was the virgin in the local prophecy that would
save France. She then cut her hair and dressed like a man for eleven days as
she journeyed on to Chinon (where prince Charles VII’s castle was) with an escort
of soldiers and a horse given to her by Robert de Baudricourt, after he had
seen the approval of the villagers. There she requested that he give her an
army. At first Prince Charles VII refused. It wasn’t until Joan revealed a
personal prayer Charles prayed to God to help save France, that God had
divulged to her.