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Joan Of Arc
By: Skye S.
California, Grade 7



This month, March, is women’s history month. Although we recognize many people this month, we rarely recognize a woman once known as “Joan of Arc”. Joan was a remarkable young woman, who, before she was twenty, had had the same amount of life experience as a man twice her age.
Joan of Arc was born during a time of grief, when France (her birthplace) was constantly being attacked by England. Before she was ten years old, she had witnessed both her mother and her sister being killed. She needed something to lean on, and as she was very close to church already, she chose to be even more dedicated. Apparently, one day, she had a vision, in a field, which led her to believe god had sent her to deliver France from England’s wrath.
She went to the king’s court, to tell the king, that god had sent her, and she knew how to “save” France. After much persuasion she became a general, she was around fourteen years old. She fought many battles, in “the name of the lord”, and never lost. Then, England and the king of France came to an agreement that included France “handing over” this, woman, who claims to have talked to god. The king of France did surrender her, and she was burnt at the stake for being many things, such as being an alleged blasphemer.
At a time when women were looked upon as “un-intelligent”, she went further than our minds can comprehend. And if the fact that she was a woman does not impress you, she was around twenty years old when she died.
For being that young, and being a woman, she had so much courage, and so much confidence, and it’s just amazing, that she lived through it all, with ought going insane earlier than she actually did, (near the end). Today, people at the age she was, are not allowed to be in the army, or live independently, and work for that matter.
She must have been so scared, being in this army, around all these fighters, brutal, vicious people, who were following her commands. And at the same time, receiving messages from god, from a higher source, that no one human being that we know of can identify. She didn’t know, most likely, if she was insane or not. She probably was not sure where the messages were coming from. But she had faith, and that faith, led her to the greatest of victories.
I know Joan of Arc deserves to be on the honor roll of notable women, because she is a reminder to us all; we can be any thing, we can do any thing, and, most importantly, always have faith.




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