Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc

Posted May 16, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

Joan of Arc

On May 16, 1920 Joan of Arc was canonized as a Catholic saint by Pope Benedict XV. Joan of Arc was a French peasant, who claimed to receive visions from God which guided her to led the French army to several victories during the Hundred Years’ War. At the age of 19, she was tried and burned at the stake for heresy.

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  • Alfred Cota

    ‘The Signal of Joan’, became a very important sign of the galvanization of Defense during both Word Wars One and Two. In regards to The United States… just before World War One, The Stage Play, “Joan of Arc”(1910), performed by Renowned Actress-Performer, Maude Adams, became very popular and the later comedy movie spoof of “Joan of Plattsburgh”(1918) of a modern day Joan, played by Mable Normand, would have influence in US Domestic Policy and entering troops into the war.
    In post World War One… The Roman Catholic Church, in their response to mend old wounds of their hindsight, had Joan of Arc, Canonized in 1920, thus making her also A Patron Saint of Soldiers. Like in World War One… ‘The Signal of Joan’ would again serve as a symbol in World War Two as well.