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Joan ofArc was born around January 6 1412 in the village of Domremy in France Thurston At the time of her birth France and England had been engaged in the longest war in history which has come to be known as the Hundred Years War These two countries were fighting over whose right it was to rule The English had occupied much of northern France and the primary issue became the survival of France as an independent state rather than as part of an Anglo-French empire ruled by the English monarchy The French were determined to drive the English out and crown Charles VII as their king Joan was a simple peasant girl who was raised in a Catholic home as the youngest of five children Her mother was very religious and had a big influence on Joans life Joan never learned to read or write but was skilled in spinning and sewing She was also always very strong and healthy At the age of thirteen Joan began to have holy visions and hear the voices of saints she identified as St Margaret St Catherine and St MichaelHer voices convinced her to vow to remain a virgin When Joan was seventeen years old the voices revealed her divine mission Joan was told that she had been chosen to lead the French army into battle against the English to drive them from French soil The voices instructed her to go to see Robert Baudricourt the Captain of Vaucouleurs who would arrange for her to be taken to see the kingwhich didnt got that well On her second visit she was able to convince Baudricourt to allow her to see the king She dressed in mens clothing for the first time to make this tripWhen she arrived the council kept her waiting for two days while they debated whether she should be taken to the king Eventually it was agreed that the
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