Size: 1 1/8 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This lovely double-armed cross is called the “cross of Lorraine”. It is the style of cross traditionally used by Joan of Arc since she came from the village of Domremy which is in the Lorraine region of France. At the center of the cross is a small badge featuring St Joan in profile with a palm branch to symbolize her martyrdom. The reverse of the cross is imprinted “Souvenir de Domremy” implying that the original piece was a souvenir from St Joan’s home town.
The medal was cast in sterling silver from an antique medal in the Rosa Mystica Collection so it shows all the beauty and history of the original piece. It comes with a matching holy card in an organza gift bag, ready for gift-giving, and was made in the USA.
As a teenager Joan heard the heavenly voices of several saints instructing her to go help the king reclaim France from the English. At age 17 she was given a small army and captured the city of Orleans. She went on to have several amazing military victories. She attended King Charles VII’s coronation in Reims, but the next year she was captured and sold to the English who put her on trial for heresy and witchcraft. Joan’s answers her prosecutors with wit and bravery. Ultimately she was convicted of wearing men’s clothes (which she wore because they protected her modesty from her male guards) and burned at the stake in 1431 at age 19.
St Joan of Arc is the patron of
women in the military