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St. Joan of Arc

 

 

St. Joan of Arc

Like in every village around Malta and Gozo, the Girl Guides Association has its very own patron saint - St. Joan of Arc.

St. Joan of Arc was born at Domremy in North East France, in 1412. At the time Domremy was a territory of the Duke of Burgandy, but in the protracted conflict between the Armagnacs (the party of King Charles VII of France) and the Burgundians in alliance with the English.  King Charles VII was being kept away from his throne because he sustained the Roman Catholic belief.

When she was still a young girl, Joan heard the voices of the saints urging her to help Charles. At the age of 16, Joan left home and went to the French Court at Chinon.  She persuaded King Charles and his religious advisors to give her the troops to complete her mission.  She marched to Orleans where in 1429 she drove off the English army. After further victories, the Dauphin was crowned Charles III at Reims, with Joan besides him. 

In 1430, the English authorities captured her. After a mock trial for her heresy, Joan was burnt at Rouen in May 1431.  She was declared Saint in 1920.