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Joan of Arc by dashinvaine Joan of Arc by dashinvaine
I hope I have done her justice...

Oil on board, 60x40cm (24''x16'')

Detail: [link]

Joan, la Pucelle, French national heroine, born 600 years ago- probably to the month, although her exact date of birth is unknown. A valiant maiden, hearer of voices, inspirer and leader of victorious armies. She turned the tide against the English in the 100 years war, and transformed the dynastic struggle that marred her land into a war of national liberation. She raised the siege of Orleans, captured various fortresses and bridges, and facilitated the recovery of Rheims, enabling the coronation of her prince, the Dauphin Charles, in its cathedral.
After her capture in 1430 by Burgundians, then allies of the English, she was sold-out and subjected to a travesty of a heresy trial (which, however, serves as a record of her boldness and astute mind as well as apparently sincere belief in her voices and their divine origin). Ultimately Convicted of nothing more heretical than wearing male clothing, she was burnt at the stake aged only 19. (I hinted at her fate here by the reflection of flame in her armour.) She was subsequently exonerated, and regarded as a saint and martyr. Except, that is, by the likes of Shakespeare (Henry VI Part 1) and Dennis Wheatley (The Devil and All His Works), who perpetuated the enormity that she was a practitioner of the dark arts.

Other Britons had more respect...

"Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years."
Winston Churchill

A good outline of Joan's history on the Catholic Encyclopedia: [link]

The trial proceedings:


From the third public interrogation:

"The Voice from whom you ask counsel, has it a face and eyes?"

"You shall not know yet. There is a saying among children, that 'Sometimes one is hanged for speaking the truth.'"

"Do you know if you are in the grace of God?"

"If I am not, may God place me there; if I am, may God so keep me. I should be the saddest in all the world if I knew that I were not in the grace of God. But if I were in a state of sin, do you think the Voice would come to me? I would that every one could hear the Voice as I hear it. I think I was about thirteen when it came to me for the first time."
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PassionsMag Apr 1, 2014  New member

I am Agnes writing from the Publishing Department of PASSIONS Magazine (lifestyle publication based in Malaysia) and we are doing an article on Joan of Arc. Would like to use this image of her in the layout and would like to request for permission from you to do so. You will of course be credited in the caption and I will send you the electronic version of the magazine once it is published.

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soonest!

Best regards,

Publishing Department
Email me at to discuss this further.
Maria-Murphy Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
ninjawerr Feb 16, 2014  Professional Writer
God bless St. Joan of arc,

Excellent rendition of her by the way.
ihategeorgethetree Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hang in there Joan!
It's Jeanne, not Joan.
LadyLidah Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The English version of her name is Joan of Arc, but I guess the 'proper' way would be Jeanne d'Arc.
I don't understand the need of changing name...
Wonderful interpretation and historically accurate!  "All we know of Joan is that her hair was black and cut short.  Her complexion was dark and presumably sunburned and generally weatherbeaten.  She was rather short.  There was nothing masculine about her voice; it was soft and womanly.  She was strong, able to ride hard and long and wear armor for nearly a week at a stretch.  No one ever said she was beautiful.  She appears to have been a stocky peasant girl, used to hard work and the open air."  (St Joan of Arc; John Beevers - page 32.  1959 Doubleday & 1979 TAN books)
Have you read Mark Twain's biography of her? It's like he really was a different person!
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