Jehanne d’Arc was a simple middle class girl of the 14th century. She was born in the village of Domremy to Jacques and Isabelle and was the youngest of five siblings. She was born on January 6, 1412. She was a simple girl, she loved being in the garden, and playing with her friends like other kids. At the age of thirteen, one day while she was in the garden she had a vision. Some say the angels, some by God, visited her and other by the fairies, but that one day changed her life.
She followed her heart, and believed in herself. She was willing to stand up for what she believed in. She could not prevent it. She was a great leader, and she knew what was necessary. There must have been moments when she knew what she said sounded slightly strange because of these visions, but she knew France needed to be saved and she loved her homeland. For many it may have seemed strange because she was just a girl.
She was told she must save her country from the English. She had to raise the siege of Orléans, and see to Charles VII’s coronation. So yes, this may have definitely have seemed wild, how many girls dress in armor as men, and go to battle? Or would even think of leading an army?
Sure, people may have laughed, but her true friends they believed her. All the people that followed her on her journey believed and didn’t care if she was a girl. So what if they laughed at first.
This one vision took her and her friends on a tremendous journey and adventure. Jehanne d’Arc would become known as Joan of Arc, the Saint. She led armies and she was only seventeen years of age. She earned a coat of arms.
Many including the gifted writer Mark Twain in Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2, have foretold her story.
Joan of Arc had a quest she felt she had to follow thru, where ever it took her. She worked to accomplish her tasks, and accepted help when she needed it. Like her, we all have quests and adventures in front of us, we just have to work for it, and listen to our ourselves. Joan gave of her life in the name of her quest because she believed that much in what she was doing. We all at times pick up swards and work as Joan to make our dreams come true. Joan became a martyr for her dream. Some people are called to give up that much, but if you work in some to make your own dreams materialize you can have as much courage as Joan of Arc.