Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J = Jean d'Arc - A to Z Blog Challenge

A French Icon. . .

Jean d'Arc statue with Hotel Regina in back - by DG Hudson 

Jean d’Arc (Joan of Arc)


Joan of Arcadia, (French, Jeanne d'Arc) is a national heroine of France.  Born circa 1412 - 30 May 1431, this visionary peasant girl led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, paving the way for the coronation of Charles VII.


After motivating her fellow Frenchmen into action, she was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English for money, put on trial by the pro-English bishop and burned at the stake. 


Jean d'Arc was 19 years old.  She wasn't a witch, she was fighting for France, her country. 


The gilded statue of Jean d'Arc and horse can be seen heading east along the Rue de Rivoli, at the Place des Pyramides, a public square in the 1st arrondissement.  This is near the spot where she was wounded at the Saint-Honoré Gate in an unsuccessful attack on English-held Paris, September 8, 1429.




Jean d'Arc, Rue de Rivoli, Paris - by DG Hudson


Twenty-five years after her execution, an Inquisitorial court pronounced Jean d'Arc innocent and declared her a martyr.  Joan of Arc was beatified (blessed after death) in 1909, and canonized (declared a saint) in 1920.


Seeing the gilded statue in front of the Hotel Regina, her commanding presence forcing traffic to route around her, I realized that this was how I had visualized her.  A fierce young woman leading the fight to save her home, her country.


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DG's Theme:  PARIS, ETC  (Art, Film, Places and People)

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How does such a person arise from the general population (male or female)?  Strength of character?  Strength of conviction?  What makes our heroes and heroines stand out?  What do you think?  Please share in the comments.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc  Joan of Arc


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rue_de_Rivoli,_Paris  Facts about the Rue de Rivoli


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21 comments:

  1. Great post, and I love your blog. If you've the time, pop over to mine. I'm the author of the Bella and Britt series. A new book about Winter, the dolphin and Katrina Simpkins launching soon. Now following...

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. I will stop over at your blog and check out your book.

      Glad you took the time to stop by mine.

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  2. I don't know what drives people to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, but I'm thankful there are those who will.

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    1. So am I, Rick.

      Sometimes, it's just a matter of the right person being at the right place at the right time. France was suffering, Jean had a mission and accepted it wholeheartedly.

      Remember the 'Blues Bros' accepting their mission? Similiar but on a different scale.

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  3. I think heroes are made when it's just regular people willing to make a stand that puts their own way of life at risk for a greater good. Not many of us will do that.

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    1. You're so right, Jaye. It's that 'I don't want to get involved' mentality.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Hi, dropping in from the Challenge. I really enjoyed your post and agree with Jaye's comment above.

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    1. Hi and welcome, Kittie! Thanks for the follow.

      Yes, I think Jaye pinned it, too!

      I'll be by to check out your post.

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  5. joan was the first person i ever did a soliloquy about--great post

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  6. I think it's probably strength of character and conviction that push people to take on heroic deeds. Didn't realize it was so long ago though.

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  7. Lynn - Interesting that you did a soliloquy.

    Sarah - I agree.

    J.L. - It sure took them a l-o-n-g time to formally make her a saint.

    Thanks for visiting, ladies, I'll be by to check your posts!

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  8. A tragic, but interesting story of Joan's. Very inspiring.

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    1. I agree, M., it's sad to think of a 19 yr old girl having to be treated that way. Those were dark times.

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    2. The first book I ever feel madly in love with was a historical fiction book about Joan of Arc. I consider this impressive considering I was probably 10.

      Great post.

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    3. Teresa, That is impressive. But at 10 yrs of age, girls are looking for a role model.

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  9. It is so amazing to think of what she accomplished by 19! Good post.

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    1. Yes, it's too bad she didn't keep a journal. But back then weren't girls considered women at 12 or so?

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  10. Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z Challenge. Lovely blog...good luck with the challenge!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Donna. Good Luck to you too. I'll drop by your blog soon to check out your posts.

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  11. Hi DG .. beautiful statue - and I hadn't realised she was immortalised in Paris - I'd thought it was outside somewhere. Great story - and I'm so pleased to learn more ... a place to visit when I get back to Paris ..

    Dreadful to think of that 19 year old girl .. I don't know if you've ever seen the 1928 version silent movie of Joan of Arc .. it's brilliant so so evocative .. we were lucky - the Silent Pianist comes from Eastbourne, so he accompanied the film for us .. at the Film Society .. I wrote a post about if you've time to look ...
    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/silent-pianist-speaks.html

    History is so full .. she was sold for money - the way life was ... thank goodness it's changed in some place - I'm off to your next post .. Hilary

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