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Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Read on to learn more about the courageous and selfless life of Joan Of Arc or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Joan of Arc was born in 1412 in France. Her parents’ names were Jacques and Isabelle.
- Her family owned lots of land and her father did farming work to support the family. They were loyal to the French crown.
- During her childhood, Joan helped out on the farm by taking care of the animals. She also liked sewing and spinning, and she never went to school, so she was illiterate, which meant she could not read or write.
- Joan and her family were very religious.
- When she was around 12 years old, she began hearing voices of the different saints.
- When she was 13, she remembered hearing the same voices in her father’s garden that told her to drive the English out of France and free the French from the English.
- They also told her to make sure the dauphin, the youngest son of the King of France, would take the throne.
- The voices she was hearing were from St. Michael the Archangel, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret. Joan said she cried as they left her because they were so beautiful.
- From that moment onward, she felt it was her duty to protect France and keep the English out.
- She was also told to lead the French into battle against the English.
- Over the next few years, Joan kept hearing the voices, and continued to listen to them. By the time she was 16, she decided to act on them.
- In May of 1428, Joan approached Robert Baudricourt, who was in charge of the dauphin’s troops. She wanted to join him and fight against the British, but was told to go home.
- She came back and predicted that the French would lose the Battle of Rouvray – this came true, so Robert decided it was time to listen to her.
- Robert took Joan to see the dauphin. Joan dressed as a man so she would not be recognized, as she had to travel through dangerous territory.
- As Joan was a peasant girl, she did not know how to fight very well, so she practised fighting and riding horses until she was gifted with the necessary tools and equipment to fight in battle.
- Since people were very religious, they thought she might be a sorceress or someone who didn’t believe in God. As a result, Joan needed to take an exam by representatives of the church before she was allowed to lead troops as captain.
- Being religious her whole life, Joan passed, and began to lead the French. They had major victories in a short amount of time:
– May 4th, 1429: French capture the Fortress of Saint Loup
– May 5th, 1429: French capture the Fortress of Saint Jean le Blanc
– May 7th, 1429: French lay siege on Les Tourelles
– July 16th, 1429: French take the city of Reims, where French kings were coronated, as a result of Joan’s convincing
– July 17th, 1429: The dauphin was crowned king
- During the battle to capture Les Tourelles, Joan was shot between the neck and shoulder with an arrow, but carried on anyway.
- In May of 1430, during the Battle of Compiègne, Joan was captured by the Burgundians and put in prison, from which she tried to escape many times.
- She was later sold to the English, who were eager to prove that the French only beat them because Joan used witchcraft.
- She had a trial and was accused of using heresy and sorcery. They also thought that her wearing men’s clothes and hearing voices in her head was against the Church’s rules, so she was sentenced to death.
- Before she was executed, she asked for a cross, and forgave her accusers.
- Joan was burned alive at the stake on May 30th, 1431. She was 19.
- The King of France did not try to rescue her.
- To this day, the French in France celebrate her as a heroine and have a day to celebrate her, May 30th.
- She is a patron saint of France.
Joan Of Arc Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Joan Of Arc Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Joan of Arc who is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Joan of Arc Facts.
- True or False?
- Joan of Arc Acrostic.
- Opinion Piece.
- Joan of Arc Wordsearch.
- Social Media Profile.
- Famous Battles.
- Letter to Joan of Arc.
- Joan of Arc Crossword.
- Dinner with Joan of Arc.
- Remembering Joan of Arc.
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