A Symbol of Girl Power

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“Sword, armor, banner- now the Maid was ready for her first military move” (Yeatts, 29). Joan of Arc, also known as the Maid of Orléans, led an army at the age of eighteen and successfully changed the tide of the 100 Years’ War with her cleverness and bravery. Cunning and kind at the same time, Joan of Arc used her belief in herself and in God to make everyone around her more hopeful for a better outcome to the war. Born January 6, 1412 in Domrémy France, Joan of Arc began to “hear voices” at the age of thirteen. Claiming to be guided by the Archangel Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret, the Maid set out to Vaucouleurs to at age sixteen to say that she was destined to save France and to request an escort to go see the heir, or dauphin, Charles VII. Although turned down twice before Robert de Beaudricourt, the commander of a fortress near Vaucouleurs, gave in to her appeals, Joan of Arc was insistent. After two years of nonstop effort, she was finally granted permission to journey to speak with the dauphin. Joan of Arc gave girls in the world today a reason to be proud.
The Maid of Orléans, or La Pucelle d’Orléans in French, is a symbol of courage and perseverance; she was strong, fierce, and beautiful in every way, the beacon of hope for the Armagnacs. She was always to be found in the thick of the fight, using her lance with expert skill. Everyone who fought alongside her found her inspirationally powerful and strikingly charming. Despite their greatness however, all
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