Who was Joan of Arc, really?

Joan of Arc -
Joan of Arc was born sometime around 1412 in Domrémy (today called Domrémy-la-Pucelle), a small village in the Meuse valley in France.

Visions -
In 1425, aged 13, Joan had a vision of Saint Michael in her father's garden.

Vaucouleurs -
Prompted by the visions that had urged her to leave Domrémy and help the dauphin, Joan headed for Vaucouleurs in 1428.

Chinon -
She returned to Vaucouleurs the following year, this time successfully persuading Baudricourt to let her go to Chinon. On February 13, 1429.

Siege of Orléans -
Joan of Arc and the French military commander La Hire arrived at the head of their armies in Orléans on April 29, 1429.

Entering Orléans -
A victorious Joan of Arc entered Orléans after the capitulation of the English on May 8, 1429. 

Battle of Patay -
On May 9, Joan met Charles at Tours, where she asked the dauphin to travel immediately to Reims to be crowned. 

Arrival at Reims -
On July 16, the dauphin's army reached Reims. Joan of Arc was at Charles' side as it entered the historic city.

Place of honor -
Joan was present at the consecration, accorded a place of honor at the ceremony standing with her banner not far from the altar. 

Siege of Paris -
On September 8, 1429, the Armagnacs attacked Paris, directed between the gates of Saint-Honoré and Saint-Denis. 

Ennobled -
For her loyalty and services to king and court, Joan of Arc and her family were ennobled by Charles VII in December 1492.

Capture and imprisonment -
Dismounted and surrounded, Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundian forces, her army defeated.

Abjuration -
Exhausted and threatened with torture, Joan declared she would do all that the Church required of her. 

Conviction -
Joan was initially condemned to perpetual imprisonment. She was returned to jail and ordered to change into women's clothing. 

Execution -
Public heresy was a capital crime. As such, Joan of Arc was sentenced to death. On May 30, 1431.

Aftermath -
Twenty-two years after Joan of Arc's death, the Hundred Years' War ended with a French victory at the Battle of Castillon in 1453.

Pope Callixtus III (1378–1458) -
Subsequently, Pope Callixtus III granted permission for Joan's rehabilitation trial in 1455 after receiving a petition from her family.

Joan of Arc today -
Among the numerous monuments celebrating the life of Joan of Arc is no less than 36 equestrian statues, of which 26 are located in France and 10 in other countries. 

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