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5 Ways Joan of Arc was as tough as any action hero

Jeanne d'Arc © Public Domain via Wiki Art

The heroine of France (and Catholic saint!) was totally epic.

3) She made several attempts to escape captivity.

Joan had no desire to remain imprisoned and was willing to do just about anything to escape, no matter how dangerous. When she was first captured, John of Luxembourg sent her to his castle in Vermandois. She made an attempt at escape there, which came too close for comfort, and John sent her further into English territory to a more distant castle.

In her second prison she was treated kindly, but her desire to escape became so great that she climbed a tower and jumped from the top, landing in the moat. Although she was unconscious, she was not seriously hurt, but had to spend some time recovering before she was moved once more.

4) She held the courage of her convictions.

Joan’s trial was one-sided to say the least. She was afforded no counsel and interrogation under duress was permitted. Joan displayed heroic levels of fortitude throughout the ordeal through a profound belief in the justice of her cause, even as the authorities did everything they could to discredit the validity of the voices she heard.

At one point she was threatened with torture if she did not recant her claims. Joan told them they could torture her all they liked and she wouldn’t recant. Then, worried that the torture would make her say anything to make it stop, she brashly told her tormentors that if she did recant then they shouldn’t believe it, because anything she said would be lies, said under duress.

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