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Saint Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France On January 6 1412 Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class at the obscure village of Domremy near the province of Lorraine A pious child who enjoyed solitude in the woods near her home at a very early age she heard voices Eventually she came to understand that they were those of Saint Michael Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret At first their messages were personal and general By the time Joan was sixteen the state of France had gone from bad to worse Joans by now familiar saints the Brothers of Paradise as she called them began to visit her frequently until the day the Voice of God gave her words that would change her life You must go you must go In May 1428 her voices told Joan to go to the King of France and help him re-conquer his kingdom torn by years of war between France and England in what came to be know as the Hundred Years War For at that time the English king was after the throne of France and the Duke of Burgundy the chief rival of the French king was siding with him and gobbling up evermore French territory The voices of God and her saints advised her to go the aid of a certain man the dauphin later be known as King Charles the VII who was kept from the throne by the English during the Hundred Years War Joan began her destiny by aiding Robert de Baudricourt who was the captain of the dauphins forces in Vaucouleurs Her role as a mascot for the army of France provided a boost in the morale of the French troops This deed lead to Joan receiving an interview with the dauphin With six companions riding with her she made the journey - in male attire Though it seems
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