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44 x 29, oil on canvas, 2010        sold

Saint Joan of Arc or The Maid of Orléans is considered a national heroine of France and a Catholic saint. A peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed Divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War and paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII. She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake on May 30th, 1431, when she was nineteen years old.

Joan was a remarkable military leader.  Often ignoring the commands of her fellow military leaders and war councils she lead soldiers and peasants alike against the English to victory.  She was wounded twice in battle, once when a stone cannon ball struck her helmet as she climbed a scaling ladder and once by a bolt from a crossbow.  Though she was continuously belittled and disregarded by men of her own rank she was renowned by the men who served under her for her behavior both on and off the battle field.

Joan was also a witty and wise member of the faithful who continuously outsmarted the questioners at her trial though she was weak from lack of food, sleep and spiritual nourishment as she was denied mass while in the custody of the English.