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Joan of Arc Defender of France Joan was born in 1412 in Domremy a small villige in northern France As a daughter of a farmer she herded cattle and sheep Joan never went to school so she did not learn how to read or write Joan also was a very religious girl going to church and praying to statues Joan started to hear vocies of St CathrineSt Michaelsand St Margaret Joan believed that they told her to drive the English from Orleans and out of France At that time in Joans life England Burgundy and France were in a long period of conflict in the Hundred Year War and France had no king at that time it only had a leader know as the Dauphin Charles VI and he was not king yet because he had to be crowned at Rhiems which was held by the EnglishWhen Joan was 17 when she went to Vancoulers to explain her mission to the Dauphin and she convinced him to hand over the army to her Joan with a army launched an attack against the English who were sieging Orleans Joan was wounded in the battle but the to heron Joan later recovered from her woundsBecause of the victory Joan became know as the Maid of Orleans After a few more battles Joan cleared the English from the Loire valley Joan brought Charles to his coronation on July 17 1429Charles decided that he wanted to end the war but Joan still wanted to get the English out of Franceso Joan and her followers went on but she lost some battlesIn May 1430 during the battle of Compiegne Joan was captured by the Burgundians and she was later ransomed to the English for 10000 poundsThe English were eager to prove that Joan was a witch they brought her to trial for heresy and sorceryThe church quickly convicted Joan as a heritic and sentenced her to death On
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