Amazing Facts About Joan of Arc!

Amazing Facts About Joan of Arc!


From her mission of the heavens to her eventual
sainthoodÉstay tuned to number 1 to find out 10 amazing things about Joan of Arc! Number 10: Say My Name. When you hear the name Joan Of Arc, you have
to admit that it has a certain ring to it. That’s just one of the reasons that she is
so fondly remembered, because her name is actually quite iconic sounding. That’s also why a bunch of media, over the
years, have paid tribute to this name via expanding it, rewriting it in fancy ways,
or more. Like the former CBS show: Joan of Arcadia. Anyway, what you might not know…is that
Joan of Arc…wasn’t actually her name. Nor did she ever personally call herself that
in a professional setting. Joan is actually the translated version of
her name, Jehanne. As for her last name, she technically had
several, as she could’ve gone by Jehanne dÕArc, Jehanne Tarc, or Jehanne RomŽe after the
various members of her family or how she personally translated her own last name. After her exploits, she was put on trial in
1431. When she did, she called herself Jehanne la
Pucelle, which translates to “Joan the Maid”. When asked about her last name, she said she
honestly didn’t know it. If you’re curious of how “Of Arc” came to
be her last name, that would be because of her father. Who’s surname was “D’Arc”, and it went from
there. So technically speaking…Joan Of Arc is a
fictional name. Who knew? Number 9: Why and How Was She Tried? Despite being a hero in the eyes of the French
people, Joan Of Arc was most definitely Public Enemy No.1 when it came their enemy. And to their delight, they were able to get
their hands on her…in a roundabout way. You see, during this period of time, the British
had allies in the form of the Burgundians. Who weren’t the best of allies, but they knew
who to support and how to get the most out of their allies when needed. And so when Phillip The Third captured Joan
Of Arc, they were more than willing to sell her to the British…for a hefty price of
1000 livers. WaitÉlivers? Okay… As for why Joan was tried, it was because
she was the one who turned the entire Hundred Years War on its head. The British were dominating until Joan came
along, and because of her efforts, the French started winning, and they even got their king
in Charles, which changed the course of history. The price for this “act” was her being burned
at the stake. But despite her demise, the damage had been
done to the British, and France lived on. Number 8: A Girl Who Hears And Sees. Before we talk about what she heard and sawÉtake
a moment to join the Zero2Hero community by using the buttons below! If you dive into the history of Joan of Arc,
you’ll eventually get to the part of the story where she started seeing and hearing God and
Angels. She even said she saw the Arcangel Michael,
St. Catherine, St. Margaret, and even heard the voice of God himself, and it was these
visions that led her to go to find Charles and help him expel the British from France. This all sounds insane, and yet, Joan believed
whatever, or whoever, she heard. And when she did meet the man who would be
king, he put her to the test. He hid in the crowd once to see if she could
be “guided” to him, sure enough, even though she had never met him, she knew exactly who
he was. Then, he had theologians look at her to see
if anything was wrong with her. Their analysis? “She is who she says she is.” To this day, people debate what she saw, or
if she saw anything at all. Some people have even claimed to know what
she was diagnosed with in terms of the illnesses that caused her visions. But here’s something you should ponder…what
if it wasn’t an illness? What if she really did have those visions
and heard those voices? Because if she didn’t…how did almost everything
she predict or say come true? Number 7: The Maid of Orleans. One of the most important things about Joan
Of Arc, and the reason that many people idolize her is that she wasn’t just a woman who was
told to do things. She was a woman who went and did things herself. When she met with the future King Charles,
she cut her hair and dressed in male armor to play the part she was meant to play. And then, at the mere age of 17, Charles allowed
her to go to battle, and not only did she do so, she was on the front lines. One of the key battles she helped facilitate
the victory of was the French city of Orleans. It had been under siege for a long time by
the British, and they were winning this fight. But in came Joan, and she slowly but surely
helped change the tide against the British. She was injured in one of the fights, but,
when it came to the final push to help clear out the city and the British defenses, she
was on the front lines once more and helped her army get them out. Amazed by her skills, and her faith, they
named Joan the “Maid of Orleans”. Oh, but it should be noted that though she
was on the front lines, she never killed a man, she never wanted to. She was a symbol, and a strong one at that. Number 6: Joan Had Fire. While the obvious reports can be a bit hard
to believe at times, it doesn’t stray too far from who she is thought to be..to say
that Joan Of Arc had a legendary temper. Because, while she may have been a teenager,
that didn’t mean she didn’t have the guts to go up against those who challenged her. In fact, those teenage hormones probably helped
out a lot in that. It’s said that anytime she caught one of her
knights or other army leaders doing some wrong or reprehensible actÉlike swearing, missing
mass, or something like that, she would chew them out royally. Which back then would’ve been a major insult,
and not worth taking…except she was chosen by the king to lead them, so they had to take
it. This legendary temper continued all the way
until her trial. When a clergyman who didn’t believe her story
about hearing gods and angels asked what language these deities spoke. To which she replied something along the lines
of, “They speak French, and they did it better than you.” Oh yeah, she’s got fire. Number 5: The Trial of Joan of Arc. I want you to think back to the old days of
information, and how it was kept. There were no computers, so everything had
to be written down. Which is why, in the early days of civilizations,
the only people worthy enough of getting stuff written down about them were rulers and certain
other high-class people. Joan Of Arc wasn’t that, she was a soldier,
and a symbol. And while it’s fair to say she would have
some things written about her, it shouldn’t have been a lot…
…except she went to trial by the British. Who had three notaries on scene to make sure
that everything was written down. And they conferred with each other regularly. So between Joan reciting her life to that
point and the 115 witnesses at the trial to testify against her, they got to know a lot
about St. Joan. And because of that, so did we eventually. That trial actually made her one of the most
documented people of that time period. Number 4: Joan’s Brothers Pretended She Was
Alive. After her execution, France was crushed. After all, she was their symbol in every way
that mattered. But, despite the English being VERY thorough
with what they did to her body (no seriously, look it up, they did a lot to her body to
make sure she was gone), her brothers hatched an idea. They got several women to portray her in public
to keep the people’s spirits up and help push things forward. And it worked for a time until King Charles
himself got wind of this and demanded an answer. They weren’t punished, and good thing too,
because it was them who convinced the Pope to look at Joan’s trial and get it thrown
out, which got her on a path that would end in Sainthood. Number 3: She Was Burned For Dressing Like
a Man. A common misconception about Joan Of Arc is
that she was executed for witchcraft, since she claimed to have heard voices from god
and other angels and saints. But that’s actually not true. The English were actually more offended that
a woman dressed like a man. No, for real. Eventually, Joan signed a plea deal of sorts
(though some say she didn’t know what she was signing) that would offer her life imprisonment
if she promised not to lie about hearing voices and dressed as a woman again. She signed it, and did her part for a time. But it’s said that she feared violence against
her, or her guards forcing themselves on her, so she put pack on the male armor, and told
the judges (who already weren’t happy with her) that she heard voices again. This is what put her on the stake to be burned. So in a way, you could say that Joan went
out on her own turns. Number 2: She Did Inspire A Hairstyle. History has a way of dramatizing things to
a very extreme extent, and it’s really tacky at times. And while Joan of Arc did indeed have some
things exaggerated about her, her hairstyle was not one of them. As noted before, she cut her hair before meeting
King Charles. That hair style was eventually called the
“bob”. Which is just how the hair looked after she
cut it. The style didn’t take hold in culture though
until about 1909, when a Polish hairdresser of all things tried to bring it to life in
the modern world. It took a while, but it eventually worked,
and many women both common and high-class eventually rocked the look. A very popular one was Olivia Wilde, who donned
the look in the movie Tron Legacy, where she noted that her character, in both style and
looks was inspired by Joan Of Arc. Number 1: Martyr, Symbol, Saint. Despite everything that Joan Of Arc went through
at the end of her life, her impact on France, and the world at large, is still felt. And though she was condemned at the time,
it wouldn’t take long for the wheels of history to start to honor her. Not long after her trial, the Pope declared
in 1456 that her charges were false. He threw out the entire trial and declared
her a martyr. Or a person who died falsely in the name of
her people. In the 16th century, she became a symbol of
the Catholic League, and when Napoleon Bonaparte was leader of France, he declared her a symbol
of the nation. Finally, in 1920, Joan Of Arc became a Patron
Saint of France, one of only nine people to ever have that honor. And of course, she’s considered one of the
greatest females who ever lived for breaking boundaries, sticking to her faith, and believing
in the greater good. What else have you heard about Joan of Arc? Let us know in the comments below andÉtake
care!

5 Replies to “Amazing Facts About Joan of Arc!”

  1. Burned at the stake the double cremation, when you absolutely, positively and without doubt want to make sure someone’s dead.

  2. Wow, 1000 livers! Those were some pretty amazing facts. It’s incredible to think that she got burnt for dressing like a man. Great vid bro.

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