May 30th (1431) :: Born on January 6th, 1412 in Domrémy (French Lorraine) in a relatively wealthy family of farmers during the Hundred Years War, a hyper-religious girl and future war goddess claims to hear voices in her early teenage years, heavenly voices inducing her to liberate France from the invader coming from the island. She apparently resists the mysterious calls for years before she decides to go to Vaucouleurs in order to meet captain Robert de Baudricourt who could help her arrange a discussion with the coming to be Charles VII based in Chinon and to tell him about the voices from Heaven.
Sceptical, Charles has her interrogated by religious authorities in Poitiers where Joan has to answer loads of questions and was reportedly tested for virginity too... twice ! Just to be sure. After she has passed the religious reliability check, she makes four predictions:
- the English siege of Orléans will cease
- the new king will be crowned in Reims
- Paris will be under of the new royal influence
- the Duke of Orléans will be back from captivity in England
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is a project started in 2011 that was interrupted from 2013 to 2016 until I started updating the blog again.
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