Une personne que j’admire: Jeanne d’Arc


Tracy Mena

Jeanne d’Arc or her name in English Joan of Arc was born around 1412. Jeanne d’Arc is the daughter of a tenant farmer, Jacques d’ Arc from the village of Domremy in northeastern France. Jeanne was not taught to read or write but her mother Isabelle Romee instilled in her a deep love for the catholic church and its teachings.  Joan of Arc was a peasant girl who believed that god had choose her to lead France to victory in its long running war with England. She led the French army to Orleans dressed in white armor while riding a white horse and won the fight. A year passes and Joan was burned at stake as a heretic by the English and their French collaborators. Joan of Arc was canonized as a roman catholic saint more than 500 years later on may 16 1920. Joan Of Arc won over 13 battles which 9 ended in victory for the French.

The reason why I choose Joan of Arc is because Joan of Arc changed society and continues to influence history today through her poor upbringing and dedicated early life, her heroics and bravery in battle, her courage and defiance during her trial, and her role and influence as a Catholic saint. Did you know she was the first women to create the “bob” hair cut? Though remembered as a fearless warrior and considered a heroine of the Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Joan never actually fought in battle or killed an opponent. Instead, she would accompany her men as a sort of inspirational mascot, brandishing her banner in place of a weapon.