Was Joan Of Arc real?im having mixed feelings,so was she,yes or no

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Yes, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) (also, Jeanne d'Arc and Maid of Orleans) is a historical person who is considered to be a patron saint of France because she led French forces against the English during the Hundred Years' War.

The daughter of a farmer, at age 12  she began hearing voices of St. Michael and others, telling her that her mission in life was to rid France of the English and to assist the dauphin attain the French throne.  After convincing the commander of the French forces, including the dauphin, that she was divinely inspired to lead the French against the English, in 1429 she led the French against the English at Orleans, achieving what everyone at the time considered a miraculous victory.

She inspired so much fear in the English that they fled before her troops, and Lord Talbot, attempting to counter her progress at Patay, lost most of his troops and was captured along with many of his noblemen soldiers.

Her victories allowed the dauphin to be crowned Charles VII of France, who gave Joan d'Arc a place of honor at his coronation.  Unfortunately, about a year later, she was captured by Burgundians near Paris, who sold her to the English.  The English turned her over to a pro-English French bishop, who tried her for withcraft and heresy--in part, because she insisted on wearing men's clothes--and after a long imprisonment, she was burned at the stake for heresy in Rouen, France, in 1431.

A second trial for heresy was conducted in 1456, and she was pronounced innocent.  She was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1920.

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