Saint Joan of Arc Jewelry and Collectables
Joan of Arc was a farm girl from France in the early 1400's. As a child, she saw visions of Saint Margaret of Antioch, Michael the Archangel, and Catherine of Alexandria. By the time she was 16, the saints had instructed her to drive the English from France and escort the true king of France to safety. Joan led an army to defend France in the name of God. However, when she was eventually captured, the English tried her for witchcraft and heresy. Most of the evidence against her revolved around the fact that she sometimes donned male clothing. Joan testified (and it was substantiated by others) that she wore the clothing of a male peasant to travel to unnoticed to join the army, wore men's armor while on the battlefield, and men's clothing in prison to better protect herself against rape--all reasons justified under inquisitorial rules. However, Joan was convicted and was burned at the stake when she was just nineteen years old. Her body was burned two more times until nothing but ash remained and was then thrown into the Seine. A formal appeal was filed, and at the end of a retrial in 1456, Joan was found innocent of all charges.
Feast Day: May 30
Patron of Prisoners, Captives, France, Soldiers, Martyrs