For today's Amazing Woman I went back to 1412, the year Joan of Arc was born to a peasant family in NE France.
Joan claimed that the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria all told her (in visions) that she needed to go to war – to recover France from English domination.
In an action totally unheard of in that time King Charles VII sent Joan to war.
NINE days later (after 100 years of war) the siege was lifted, raising Joan to heroine status and paving the way for France's victory.
In May 1430, Joan was captured by the English. She was put on trial for a variety of charges including sorcery and was found guilty.
Ms. Arc was only 19 years old when she was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431.
25 years after her death, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial and debunked the charges against her, pronouncing her innocent and declaring her a martyr.
In the 16th century she became a symbol of the Catholic League, and in 1803 Napoleon Bonaparte made Joan a national symbol of France. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.
Joan of Arc has remained a popular figure in literature, painting, sculpture, and other cultural works since the time of her death, and many famous writers, filmmakers and composers have created works about her. Cultural depictions of her have continued in films, theater, television, video games, music, and performances to this day
Joan of Arc is a complete, EPIC B.A. and here’s why:
As a young, untrained peasant girl, Joan picked up a sword and turned the tide of the 100 Years War
She was a fierce warrior who won the respect of her soldiers and king through exceptional valor and faith
She wore armor and PANTS before her time
She was true to her faith and accepted her death willingly. Her last request was simply that a cross be held up high, so the flames would not obstruct her view
To the last she maintained that her voices were sent of God and had not deceived her
Wishing you the strength to be a B.A. today in your world!