Jeanne d’Arc enters Orléans on the evening of April 29

 

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586 years ago, what would be the most amazing week in the history of Western Civilization was about to commence. This evening, the evening of April 29, Joan of Arc is entering Orléans to free it from the English siege. She has completed her inquisition in Poitiers, was found to be a most pious and good Catholic girl, worthy of taking up arms for Charles VII, and is moving her army into Orléans. The next 10 days will be quite page turning for future students of history.

The English, who to this point have essentially crushed the French Kingdom, are about to be crushed themselves in Orléans by a seventeen year old illiterate woman from a country village. The English will be systematically routed from several bastilles around the city and finally smashed in their last hold up, the bastille of Les Tourelles, on May 7. They will leave Orléans on May 8. The English commander, William Glasdale, who speaks to her in the most degrading terms in a yelling match he will shortly get into with her, is just over one week from trying to flee Joan and drowning in his armor in the Loire River.

What seemed to be the inevitable path for Western Civilization was about to change. What we know of today as the modern nation of France, was created by Joan of Arc, beginning on the evening of April 29, when she enters Orléans.

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Author: Walter Adams

I am a missionary for a Kingdom many thought to be lost, commissioned by a Queen many never knew existed. My commission is to seek the spiritual diaspora of Catholic and Royal France. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. I am married and the father of one child. Though raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985. Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to "seek first" Christ's Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide. Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary's maternal guidance and Thérèse's sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc. ~ Walter Adams