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

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J-P Mauro - published on 03/13/18

5) Her faith held firm to the end.

Even in a court that was predisposed to side against Joan, her interrogators must have recognized the purity of her faith. Before she was brought to the stake to be burned, they allowed her to make her confession and receive communion, an unprecedented mercy which was usually withheld from those who were executed as heretics.

She accepted her death willingly. Encyclopedia Britannica tells us that her last request was simply that a cross be held up high, so the flames would not obstruct her view:

A Dominican consoled Joan, who asked him to hold high a crucifix for her to see and to shout out the assurances of salvation so loudly that she should hear him above the roar of the flames. To the last she maintained that her voices were sent of God and had not deceived her.
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