joan of arc


noun

  1. Saintthe Maid of Orléans, 1412?–31, French national heroine and martyr who raised the siege of Orléans.

noun

  1. Saint known as the Maid of Orléans; French name Jeanne d’Arc. ?1412–31, French national heroine, who led the army that relieved Orléans in the Hundred Years’ War, enabling Charles VII to be crowned at Reims (1429). After being captured (1430), she was burnt at the stake as a heretic. She was canonized in 1920. Feast day: May 30

A French military leader of the fifteenth century, a national heroine who at the age of seventeen took up arms to establish the rightful king on the French throne. She claimed to have heard God speak to her in voices. These claims eventually led to her trial for heresy and her execution by burning at the stake. Joan of Arc is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

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