Then there are Joanne of Arc and the acts of the Rouen trial celebrated in 1431. Over the centuries Jeanne has been read and interpreted as everything and the opposite of everything, the heroine of the right and the champion of the left, a monarchist and a revolutionary, a feminist and a martyr, and the canonization of the Church adds up to all of this. So my interpretation of her can only be filtered by all the interpretations of the story and by all the eyes that have looked at her and yet I seem to see her in focus: so clear, I seem to know her well, to recognize her. A 19-year-old girl who feels fit and fit for her task, which isn't just any task. Yet Jeanne is steadfast and uses her will, her body and her intelligence to do what she wishes to do and what she feels she is called to do, in a society like that of the fifteenth century that was not really friendly towards enterprising women. to be. When I read Jeanne's words in the proceedings at the end of which she was burned alive, although translated from French into Latin and reorganized, I recognize her. Not sweet at all, rather radical. Not at all sad, if anything at times desperate. And when I was in Domrémy-la-Pucelle in the Vosges, where she was born, and I saw the small church where she was baptized and the baptismal font still there, eternal, and the road that runs through the houses of the village that ends in the pastures and the green-brown and high horizon, behold, I thought that I recognized that place, it was as familiar to me as Jeanne is familiar to me. Harsh and not at all reasonable. What I said to Jeanne in that place remains for me, but the importance of preserving the feeling I felt that day in my daily life remains fundamental for me, otherwise it becomes all surface and repetition and a rush towards one goal and then another. , while the goal remains to feel suitable and suitable for the task that has been assigned to us, without shirking ourselves.

When she was little, she was called Jeanine, and Jeanne when she was older. At thirteen, he kept his father's flock in the fields. Pious and charitable, she loved to give relief to the suffering poor. If, during the winter days, a lost traveler asked for assistance or asylum, she would gladly give her his bed and go to bed in the barn. It has never been known that all good.
However, some episodes happened to this woman that radically changed her life. These are angelic apparitions that she herself reported in her writings and in public interrogations.
The first angel
One summer day, around noon, while he was hoeing in the garden and fasted that day and the previous day, a great light appeared that hits his eyes.
A voice told her: “Jeanne, daughter of God, always go to church, always be good and God will help you”.
Jeanne was very afraid, since she was very young at the time; but the voice was so dignified and so sweet that the shepherdess was comforted. All happy and cheerful, after that episode, she felt like consecrating her virginity to God.
Another time, St. Michael appeared to her accompanied by angels: he told her what pity the kingdom of France was reduced to, and added that he should have helped King Charles VII in arms, and repelled the siege of Orleans by the English. Jeanne began to cry, saying that she was a poor girl who could neither ride nor lead a war. The archangel replied not to doubt, to go to Vaucouleurs, to Robert of Baudricourt, captain of the aforementioned place, and that this Roberto would lead her, or give her soldiers to lead her to the noble king. The rest of Jeanne's story is well known: she will fight against the British, be taken prisoner by the Burgundians and be tried by an ecclesiastical court in Rouen.
The Voices will always accompany her, giving her advice, reproaches and - in the end - contributing to her death sentence. In fact, the origin of these Voices will be one of the themes of the sentencing process. Hearing Voices was a fairly widespread phenomenon among medieval saints, prophetesses and mystics and many hypotheses have been made on the subject. In the proceedings, Jeanne talks about the Voices to reinforce her version of the facts and her behavior. She submits to their authority.
Faith and trust in God radiated on the so pure forehead of the virgin of Domrémy, when she answered her judges. At the stake, his last word was: "Jesus, and his soul flew, in the company of the angels, to Paradise".
Jeanne was accused of dressing like a man, which was inconceivable at the time. But the most serious accusations and the most correlated behaviors with the Fairies are attributed to the Maid during her adolescence. Although not used directly by the prosecution, these rumors were in the public domain and certainly influenced the final verdict, which was still quite obvious for political reasons. According to these rumors, Jeanne allegedly claimed that the fairies were not evil beings (assimilated at the time to the Devil, according to Catholic thought). In addition, the girl claimed to have had visions of St. Margaret and St. Catherine, near a "fairy tree" or a "sacred fountain". Around that tree, Jeanne would dance on certain nights, even leaving some hawthorn garlands as an offering for the fairies. Furthermore, according to her own testimony, Jeanne's godmother would have been a woman familiar with the Ancient Practices who, not infrequently, had relations with the Little People and who would have transmitted some of her knowledge to the young woman. Some testimonies of the time, some also reported in the trial, outline an interesting, albeit somewhat strange and, in a certain way, quite disturbing situation. According to these sources, Jeanne, in her youth, was not very much guided in the ways of the Christian faith and its principles. Instead, it seems that the young woman had been instructed by some old women in the use of certain spells, in divination and other magical arts, or in any case part of popular superstition. It also seems that our Jeanne frequented some villages, known since time immemorial to be suspiciously linked with the Ancient Beliefs, and to be frequented by individuals with unclear activities, suspected of practicing what the Church considered witchcraft.
Jeanne does not seem to deny these acquaintances, which also included her own godmother. From these people, the Maid would have learned of visions or apparitions, ways to get in touch with the world of Spirits and with the Fairies, some of which also for declaredly pernicious and evil purposes. Jeanne was also informed that these entities, especially those referred to as "fairies", were beings outside the grace of God and, as such, extremely dangerous. According to Jeanne, the custom for young girls to bring hawthorn wreaths to a certain tree (called the Tree of the Ladies) was quite common in her parts. This tree stood near a spring, the waters of which appeared to have healing powers. As already said, not even she was exempt from this type of practices, decidedly of non-Christian matrix, even if she herself, later on, would have tried to associate them with the Saints of her "visions".

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clcouch123
    Dec 11, 2021 @ 17:15:03

    Terrific work!


  2. seekingdivineperspective
    Dec 12, 2021 @ 02:14:01

    I was intrigued by Joan of Arc when I was in middle school. (I once wrote a report on her.) I’ve never known quite what to think of her, and now she seems even more mysterious. Thanks for an informative blog.


    • Fairy Queen
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 13:58:04

      I think a person who has this kind of mystical vision is interesting. I had seen a movie a while ago. Visions are a mysterious gift. And also the prophetic gifts.


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