Seventeen-year-old French peasant girl hearing angelic voices,
leads troops in a 92-year war, with
armor, banner and sword from a prince-made-king.
She knelt at his royal feet but
he abandoned her to enemy and flames.
Although Jeanne D’Arc led charges in the Hundred Year War, she did not engage in actual combat. She was a heroine of the French people and when prince Charles became King Charles VII, she was at his side. Nevertheless, when Jeanne D’Arc was put in the hands of the English, the King abandoned her. She was convicted of witchcraft, heresy, and even cross-dressing (which was considered a form of heresy). She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was 19 years old. Her ashes were thrown into the Seine.