FanFoFeb : The Maid Of Orleans

She  was a good hardworking girl

Never  a problem to her parents, always fair.

Then  the visions came and she was in a whirl

Such beautiful people from heaven talked to her.

 

The Maid of Orleans was her name

She lead the French  against the English

For Charles VII she won the battle game.

To aid the Dauphin and free France her dearest wish.

 

At 16  Joan went to  Vaucouleurs, to share

Her visions  with the Dauphin

They did not listen, as  a child they dismissed her

“Go Home girl,” they said ” to lie is a sin.”

 

She did return  but her visions  did not stop.

So one year later to see the Dauphin  she returned

The wisdom she had received she refused to drop.

Poor Joan for her faith she would  be burned .

 

This time  the Dauphin listened to the maid

He saw her honesty and devout  belief

He gave her armed  men and the weapons for which she prayed

Her two brothers joined her, in Joan they had belief.

 

She led the French to Victory  the English  were Vanquished

She was the Heroine of the day

The Dauphin became  the king, he marched  forth the English to banish

They routed them at Reims  and Paris. Charles VII had his way.

 

On  a dark day in Compiegne 1430 was the year

While fighting, she was caught by Duke Philip of Burgundy

He held Joan captive then to the English sold her, without a tear

Joan knew this was the end, she would never be again be free.

 

The English tried Joan on grounds of heresy

They decided she had dressed as a man, and then repeated the crime

They took her to Rouen and bound her to the stake  for all to see.

The flames of the fire engulfed her she called out to God and her soul was set free.

 

 

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Joan D’Arc

  •  couldn’t read or write. She dictated all of her letters.
  • Some modern historians believe that Joan’s ‘visions’ were caused by epilepsy, schizophrenia or bovine (cattle) tuberculosis.
  • The extent of Joan’s leadership has been questioned by some historians. Although it is clear that she contributed to strategy and directed troops, she tended to keep her distance from the front lines of fighting.
  • Joan was wounded twice. First on the shoulder by an arrow from a longbow during the Orleans fighting, and then on the thigh by a crossbow bolt during the attack of Paris.
  • Many people believe that Joan was burned at the stake for taking part in witchcraft. This was not the case (see above). She was actually convicted of being a ‘relapsed heretic’ (wearing male clothing after having signed a document confessing to having done this in the past and promising to change her ways).

Joan D’Arc

  • was executed by burning on 31st May 1431. She was about 19.
  • Joan’s trial was overturned and her innocence was declared officially in 1456.
  • She was made a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church in 1920.
  • Joan of Arc has become an important French national symbol. During World War 2 her image was used by both the Vichy Regime, who emphasised her aggression towards the English, and the French Resistance, who emphasized how she fought against an invading and occupying force.   Read  more here.

 

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