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Joan of Arc

Updated on December 16, 2011
"THE STATUE OF JOAN OF ARC BEFORE THE RHEIMS CATHEDRAL. It was to the great cathedral of Notre Dame at Rheims that Joan of Arc brought Charles VII to be crowned. Her statue, at the close of 1917, remained uninjured despite the ruin of the cathedral"
"THE STATUE OF JOAN OF ARC BEFORE THE RHEIMS CATHEDRAL. It was to the great cathedral of Notre Dame at Rheims that Joan of Arc brought Charles VII to be crowned. Her statue, at the close of 1917, remained uninjured despite the ruin of the cathedral" | Source

In a small French town far from Paris

There is a statue to Joan of Arc

Modelled upon the one in Notre Dame.

She stands with hands clasped together

Staring above her at the sky.


The girl was brave and active

In an age when women were quiet,

She led warriors against an enemy.

She conquered for an oppressed people

And in battle defeated hardened knights.


Women today don't think often of her,

Who should be a hero to all.

Most women don't fight with swords,

And for things like armour and helmets

There really isn't any call.


Statue of Boadicea, Celtic Warrior Queen
Statue of Boadicea, Celtic Warrior Queen | Source

But women can fight like Joan fought,

Be brave and active when the time is right,

Against small enemies and minor battles,

The day to day problems of living,

Against which everyone has to fight.



Joan could lead an army into battle,

And anyone can do the very same,

If you have courage to take on your foes,

To fight against them like a soldier

And finally defeat them, face to face.



2011 Moira G. Gallaga©

Boadicea by Enya

Gabriela Silang. Following her husband's assassination in 1763, she led the group for four months before she was captured and executed.
Gabriela Silang. Following her husband's assassination in 1763, she led the group for four months before she was captured and executed. | Source

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Moira, What a moving tribute to the brave, determined, powerful Joan and Boadicea! In a few words and with illustrative pictures, you capture the eternal essence of two women whose different messages nevertheless relating to similar concerns over human rights ended up being spread through non-traditional ways by women.

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Joan of Arc and Boadicea were remarkable women when you consider what they did and the circumstances at the time. It is a reminder to us women of the possibilities we have in front of us if we have the courage and the spirit to go out and grasp it. Thanks for your comment Derdriu.

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