Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Joan of Arc
January 6, Capricorn. Her birthday is exactly 2 days after mine! LOL!
La Hire. La Hire was constantly reprimanded by Joan to watch his language.
LeeLee Sobieski. She was the first woman in movie history who was actually Jeanne's age (around 16-19 years old) during filming.
Bishop Cauchon. He was the same bishop who gave The Dauphin Charles spiritual advice.
Jeanne La Pucelle. Her hometown, Domremy was later changed to Domremy-La-Pucelle in honor of the Maid.
her three saints. Her saints were St. Catherine, St. Margaret, and St. Michael. St. Catherine was her patron saint.
a cross. She was never allowed to confess while imprinsoned.
Jesus! Jesus!. As she burned people reported that they saw something rise above the flames into the sky. Not smoke ... but something else.
Veni Creator Spiritus. She wanted to make sure her soldiers were spiritually connected with God before a battle was to take place.
Jesus Maria. It was taken from her when she was put into prison.
Jeannette. I assume that would mean "Little Joan" or something along that lines in French.
Isabelle Romee and Jacques D'Arc. Contrary to popular belief, Jeanne did not go by Jeanne D'Arc, but instead as Jeanne Romee. In France back then, the daughters took their mothers' surname rather than their fathers'.
food poisoning. It is said that someone poisoned her fish in prison.
Charles the Mad. His father went insane and his mother was a whore. Rather sad.
Hauviette. After Jeanne was executed, Hauviette said that Joan was always too pious as a child.
|How did Joan of Arc first gain Charles VII's confidence?||Joan of Arc
she told him a secret that only God could know. Charles VII gave Joan a private audience when they first met. She described what she said as a message from God. It had a profound effect on him. No one else heard their conference. One courtier later claimed that it concerned a prayer Charles had made on All Saints' Day.
|Joan of Arc first went to Orleans with a relief expedition financed by Charles VII's mother-in-law, who was queen of which country?||Joan of Arc
Sicily. The queen of Sicily financed a supply mission to Orleans and gave the first of two official pronouncements that Joan was a virgin.
|Why was Joan of Arc convicted of heresy rather than witchcraft?||Joan of Arc
she was a virgin. Under church law, in order to have intercourse with the devil a woman must have *intercourse* with the devil. Therefore a virgin could not be a witch. The Duchess of Bedford had declared Joan a virgin. So the trial court could not convict for witchcraft. Joan was not actually a heretic either. The execution was politically motivated.
|Joan of Arc's birthday is often reported as January 6. Is this date reliable?||Joan of Arc
No. Written birth records were not kept for peasants during Joan of Arc's time. Instead an infant received numerous godparents who could testify that the baptism had happened. Several of these were among the 114 witnesses who gave sworn statements for the rehabilitation trial. Only one claimed to recall that Joan's birth occurred at dawn on the Epiphany. Joan herself did not know her birthdate.
|How old was Joan of Arc when she first led the army?||Joan of Arc
17. At her trial two years later she gave her age as "nineteen, or thereabouts."
|What was Joan of Arc before she entered public life?||Joan of Arc
a tax collector's daughter. Her father Jacques d'Arc owned a small farm, collected taxes, and led the local watch. Neither Joan nor anyone from her hometown described her as having herded sheep. Domremy was cattle country. Joan's girlhood home, which still stands today, was more prosperous than a herder's dwelling.
|After his coronation Charles VII made Joan a noblewoman, granted her a coat of arms, and changed her name. What new name did she receive?||Joan of Arc
du Lys. The lily was a royal symbol. The king showed exceptional gratitude by giving her the right to use this in her name and coat of arms.
|Joan of Arc asked Charles VII to exempt her hometown from taxes. For how long did the crown fulfill her request?||Joan of Arc
until the fall of Louis XVI (the rest of her lifetime, the rest of Charles VII's lifetime, one hundred years). For centuries afterward the official tax entry for the village of Domremy was, "Nothing: the Maiden."
|Two other people who became legendary figures fought in Joan of Arc's battles. By what names are they now best remembered?||Joan of Arc
Falstaff and Bluebeard. Sir John Fastolf ordered the English retreat at Patay, a decision that cost him his knighthood and reputation. Gilles de Rais was a nobleman who fought for Charles VII alongside Joan of Arc. He later became one of France's most notorious mass murderers. De Rais is often known by his nickname Bluebeard.
|During Joan of Arc's time England's Henry VI was a small boy. Who ruled as regent?||Joan of Arc
The Duke of Bedford. Shortly after Joan of Arc crowned Charles VII king of France, the Duke of Bedford brought his nephew Henry VI to Paris for a coronation ceremony. Paris was still under English control. Henry VI was the King of England at the time - and not a very effective ruler.
|On one level, the French and English were fighting over interpretations of a law decreed by which fifth century Frankish ruler?||Joan of Arc
Clovis. With the famous (or infamous) Salic Law, king Clovis had declared that no woman could inherit the throne to his lands. Clovis was silent about whether the right to rule could pass to a royal princess's son. The English claimed this was possible while Charles's supporters insisted the opposite.
|England's most important ally was which French speaking duke?||Joan of Arc
Burgundy. Burgundy included the present day low countries of Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. In Joan of Arc's era it was an independent dukedom owing no fealty to any king. The duke of Alencon supported Charles VII. The duke of Brittany was neutral. England held direct rule over Normandy.
|Joan of Arc's military career lasted how long?||Joan of Arc
one year. Her career was remarkably brief.
|Joan of Arc's contemporaries describe her as wearing "white armor." What does that mean?||Joan of Arc
the Milanese style of manufacture. National styles of armor began to emerge during the early fifteenth century. The dominant movements were German and Italian. France had no national style of its own. German armor was decorative and lightweight. Milanese "white armor" had unadorned surfaces and better joint protection.
|Two of Joan of Arc's letters have survived. Who were the intended recipients?||Joan of Arc
the English and the Hussites. Although Joan of Arc was illiterate she dictated letters through scribes. Her unsteady signature indicates that she had just learned to sign her name. She threatened war against both the English and the Hussites.
|In terms of enemy casualties, which was Joan of Arc's greatest victory?||Joan of Arc
Patay. Shortly after Orleans, French forces found the English army preparing defenses on the open field at Patay. Heavily armed French infantry surprised the English longbowmen. A rout ensued that decimated the main body of the English army. Some historians consider this battle's consequences as important as Agincourt.