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Joan of Arc by curi222 Joan of Arc by curi222
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Joan of Arc, in French, Jeanne d'Arc, also called the Maid of Orleans, a patron saint of France and a national heroine, led the resistance to the English invasion of France in the Hundred Years War. She was born the third of five children to a farmer, Jacques Darc and his wife Isabelle de Vouthon in the town of Domremy on the border of provinces of Champagne and Lorraine. Her childhood was spent attending her father's herds in the fields and learning religion and housekeeping skills from her mother.

When Joan was about 12 years old, she began hearing "voices" of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret believing them to have been sent by God. These voices told her that it was her divine mission to free her country from the English and help the dauphin gain the French throne. They told her to cut her hair, dress in man's uniform and to pick up the arms.

By 1429 the English with the help of their Burgundian allies occupied Paris and all of France north of the Loire. The resistance was minimal due to lack of leadership and a sense of hopelessness. Henry VI of England was claiming the French throne.

Joan convinced the captain of the dauphin's forces, and then the dauphin himself of her calling. After passing an examination by a board of theologians, she was given troops to command and the rank of captain.

At the battle of Orleans in May 1429, Joan led the troops to a miraculous victory over the English. She continued fighting the enemy in other locations along the Loire. Fear of troops under her leadership was so formidable that when she approached Lord Talbot's army at Patay, most of the English troops and Commander Sir John Fastolfe fled the battlefield. Fastolfe was later stripped of his Order of the Garter for this act of cowardice. Although Lord Talbot stood his ground, he lost the battle and was captured along with a hundred English noblemen and lost 1800 of his soldiers.

Charles VII was crowned king of France on July 17, 1429 in Reims Cathedral. At the coronation, Joan was given a place of honor next to the king. Later, she was ennobled for her services to the country.

In 1430 she was captured by the Burgundians while defending Compiegne near Paris and was sold to the English. The English, in turn, handed her over to the ecclesiastical court at Rouen led by Pierre Cauchon, a pro-English Bishop of Beauvais, to be tried for witchcraft and heresy. Much was made of her insistence on wearing male clothing. She was told that for a woman to wear men's clothing was a crime against God. Her determination to continue wearing it (because her voices hadn't yet told her to change, as well as for protection from sexual abuse by her jailors) was seen as defiance and finally sealed her fate. Joan was convicted after a fourteen-month interrogation and on May 30, 1431 she was burned at the stake in the Rouen marketplace. She was nineteen years old. Charles VII made no attempt to come to her rescue.

In 1456 a second trial was held and she was pronounced innocent of the charges against her. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.
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greenhuntingcat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
She did so much in her 19 years on this earth!
Ryou-kuga Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i never picture her blond... but this is so beautifull
pittbull44 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
This picture almost made me tear up(it's that beautiful)
Darkwolf523 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Nice work. It look like you drew her in anime form.
Paradox-2892 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
So pretteh ;A;
john-storx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
She's beautiful. Very nice work!
Hajime-Kun09 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you did a really amazing job on this good work
IKEDAFAN Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
The most innocent child eyes I've ever seen on a drawing. Captivating!!!
Would you mind being featured on my tribute page for Joan?

it is still evolving, but there will be a "FANS UNITE" section.

Keep up the good work!

Anna from Hungary
alternaXIII Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
It's a very very cute portrait of Joan ! ^^
Awsome drawing, I love !
Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
this is evil
to portrait a warrior as innocent looking as this

great light and all
Nano006 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
wow awsome o-o
Bato-01 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Juana de arco, cara d niņa piel d metal esta muy bien el dibujo m qdo como con el cabello esta fantastico l has puesto como diria? como un tono difuminado q lo hace mas realista y lo segundo q m qdaria seria los ojos, parece q este mirando a algo divino, m gusta como has hecho el brillo y el iris, y para acabar las sombras d la cara y el volumen con distintos tonos estan genial.

Gracias por poner el link d como lo hicistes.

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curi222 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Muchas gracias por lo dicho un saludo
sumgie1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
The cutest Joan of Arc I've seen.
wangqr Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
beautiful hair :la:
Neyeeva Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Joan of Arc has always been one of my favorite stories in history. Beautiful depiction you have here. She looks so innocent and yet displays a confidence and secret knowledge beyond her years.
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