Each medal comes with a card giving the
history of the saint. The originals are carved in clay, then
are cast in lead-free pewter. These charms can be added to a chain as a pendant
or a keyring for a keychain.
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January
6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant
class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine.
At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St.
Catherine and St. Margaret.
At first the
messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning
order. In May, 1428, her voices "of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St.
Margaret" told Joan to go to the King of France and help him reconquer
his kingdom. For at that time the English king was after the throne of
France, and the Duke of Burgundy, the chief rival of the French king,
was siding with him and gobbling up evermore French territory.
overcoming opposition from churchmen and courtiers, the seventeen year
old girl was given a small army with which she raised the seige of
Orleans on May 8, 1429. She then enjoyed a series of spectacular
military successes, during which the King was able to enter Rheims and
be crowned with her at his side.
In May 1430,
as she was attempting to relieve Compiegne, she was captured by the
Burgundians and sold to the English when Charles and the French did
nothing to save her. After months of imprisonment, she was tried at
Rouen by a tribunal presided over by the infamous Peter Cauchon, Bishop
of Beauvais, who hoped that the English would help him to become
unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology, Joan was trapped into
making a few damaging statements. When she refused to retract the
assertion that it was the saints of God who had commanded her to do what
she had done, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and
adulteress, and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was nineteen
years old. Some thirty years later, she was exonerated of all guilt and
she was ultimately canonized in 1920, making official what the people
had known for centuries. Her feast day is May 30. Joan was canonized in
1920 by Pope Benedict XV.
Measures 1 1/4"