The Knights of St. Joan is a serious and dedicated fraternity of secular or lay faithful Catholics, men and women, with a special devotion to St Joan of Arc and her Knights, their achievements, and ultimately her wrongful death. We live our private lives and insofar as possible our public lives in accordance with the traditional faith of the true Catholic Church and pray daily for the restoration of the traditional church and the full abrogation of the illegitimately called 2nd Vatican Council. All information about joining the Fraternity of The Knights of St. Joan can be found on the membership page. These Knights fought with St Joan and their courage and dedication to God and others before themselves stands in the complete tradition of being knights and our Fraternity seeks to follow their footsteps and observes the knight's rules and their motto 'Not to us Lord, but to thy name give Glory'
The real story of the epic battles that St Joan of Arc is well known to most of us. Born c. January 1412 CE, Domrémy, Bar, France, or de la Pucelle, a lowly maiden Joan, who at an early age of about 13 years old experienced visions of St Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Margaret of Antioch, and St. Michael the Archangel. At the age of 16, determined to follow the destiny of her multiple visions, she asked her uncle Durand Lassois to take her to the nearby Garrison town of Vaucouleurs. After an arduous journey in May 1428 from Domrémy to Vaucouleurs, Joan managed to see Robert de Baudricourt, the Garrison Captain of Vaucouleurs. Baudricourt did not take Joan seriously and returned her to her village of Domrémy. But undeterred Joan returned the following January 1429 and gained support from two of Baudricourt's Knights: Jean de Metz and Bertrand de Poulengy, and was allowed to travel to Chinon, deeper in the Loire Valley, a fort Palace owned by Princess Yolanda de Bar, Charles' mother in Law where the Dauphin, Charles held court.
The Dauphin found that with Joan and her visions, he could cultivate his people into believing that she was indeed the long-told wifes' tale of "The Maid of Lorraine" who would rise up and save France from her enemies and so increase French-held territory, that area over which he had not lost control to the Burgundians and the English, their partners in crime. It was at this first meeting with the Dauphin Charles, that Joan met Bishop Couchon, who at the time was most reverently struck with her and the validity of her cause and intentions. Charles was currently being crippled by the victorious English armies in the hundred years war and most recently, the battle of Agincourt, where the French had suffered terrible losses, and so Yolanda and Charles allow the rumour to grow, of Joan being the real " The Maid of Lorraine," and in consequence, fortified by her reputation, many knights and soldiers came together into one large army with her religious zeal and faith at the fore. The first battle was at Orleans and as if by divine intervention, their army marched in almost unhindered.
The cost of raising such a large army was borne by Rene of Anjou and Princess Yolanda of Aragon. Yolande de Bar had married Louis II, Rene Duke of Anjou Count of Provence, Maine, Guise, and Lorraine and the King of Sicily, in 1400, and their daughter Marie of Anjou (1404–1463, married the Dauphin and Yolanda had him crowned Charles VII of France. As Duke of Anjou, Louis II was a descendant of King Faulk of Jerusalem, the original founder of the Templar Knights where many Templer Knights were located, and many of them came to France to join in with the French Templars war effort as a whole. Knights even travelled by sea from Scotland to try and defeat a common enemy. Princess Yolande was instrumental in the success of Joan of Arc when she first arrived at Charles' court at Chinon and even asked Charles' to allow Joan to lead the troops against the English. It was Charles' mother-in-law who insisted that he meet with Joan, recognizing the Maid's potential for stirring popular resistance to the English. Yolande also arranged for the interrogations by the king's councillors and church leaders which confirmed Joan's sincerity, and the Duchess' ladies examined Joan to verify her virginity. Charles let Joan lead his army and Yolande directed the gathering of troops and the military preparations for Joan's first battle against the English at Orléans.
Countless Knights, Squires and soldiers were encouraged by her call to arms that they joined up and had some initial glorious victories. But the English and Burgundian rulers of the Northern French territory, seeing the tide of the war was turning against them, threatened that unless Joan was removed, they would reconvene new armies and come back to crush the French. Charles VII had become greedy by now, his mother dying with tuberculosis, so he had nobody, even Marie D'Anjou, who could provide sufficient funds for yet more campaigns. Joan's visions started to disappear and with no guidance, she started making bad decisions. Charles' mother in law tried to " adopt " Joan calling her "a direct ancestor of the Duc D'Anjou", but this is highly speculative if nigh impossible because of Joan's peasant upbringing, though Joan would be aware of who Templar Knights were and had probably seen them around the area in which she lived. Yolanda enrolled anyone a Knight of Solomon the Temple of Solomen if they would follow the army with Joan's at its head. After Joan's first victorious campaigns, however, Rene Duke of Anjou count of Provence, Maine, Guise, and Lorraine and the King of Sicily, a direct descendant of King Faulks of Jerusalem, who was Grand Master of the Knights Templar at that time, incorporated on Joan's behalf any Knights who fought beside her as "Les Compagnes complete de Jeanne d'Arc", (The Knight companions of Joan de Pucelle). Joan's army continued to grow when suddenly, Joan's visions ceased. Charles, hungry for the possession of Paris had proposed there should be an army gathered to attack Paris but it was woefully small, her troops started to see the huge loss of lives and so they lost their zeal for a further cause that never stood a chance of success even from the beginning and so Charles let Joan fall into the hands of the Burgundians who tried her for heresy, witchcraft and wearing men's clothing, something that was illegal at that time ( and should still be! ) She argued on the last point that it was safer when crossing enemy territory that if captured, she would almost certainly have been raped and possibly killed because of her age. Not only that, it was easier for fighting in battle, especially when wearing a suit of armour, that clothes underneath were kept to a minimum. Further, if caught in battle, having the long hair of The Maid would automatically indicate her as being a woman, and therefore Joan of Arc, against all the other soldiers who were clearly men.
Bishop Couchon who had been with Joan since her appearance at Chinon had then believed in her divine mission but was now placed on the bench of Inquisition as he had known her throughout her illustrious campaigning career. At The trial, she insisted on defending herself and refused to take the standard form of oath and after much arguing, was permitted to take an oath of her own choosing providing it was accepted by the court. The main thrust of the trial was the claiming and validity of her visions How the Saints were dressed, what exactly did they say. The trial rambled on and Joan was quick to complain that her incarceration was in an ordinary prison instead of a church prison where she would at least have access to the services of a priest for confession, but her wishes were denied. The rules of the inquisition differed from those in France that might have served to protect her, but she had been deliberately taken North into English/Burgundian territory so as to disadvantage her under questioning. After day after day of repetition on questions and answers and being " re-dressed " in women's clothing, under great duress, she recanted having being shown the instruments of torture she was about to face if she did not recant.
She was returned to her cell and had a vision that a death in the name of God would be a victory and that St Catherine understood her reasons for not wanting to die, but said that it was a far more glorious message to God for continuing with the truth. So the following day she withdrew her recantation and the trial closed with her being declared a heretic and handed over to civil authorities for the execution of sentence. Before the court closed she shouted out that within 7 years, France would be rid of the English invaders and history subsequently proved her to be right.
They had decided she would be burnt at the stake, a fairly common sentence for such trials of heresy and so on the 30th May 1431 at the tender age of 21, she died by fire tied to the stake. Her final words were repeated many times over, " Show me a Crucifix, show me a crucifix. " The soldiers responsible for the burning noted afterwards to Bishop Couchon that they had had to burn her three before all of her body was consumed.
Joan's mother Isabella petitioned many times for a nullification trial to free her daughter's name and eventually in 1455, with the assistance of several members of the nobility, a retrial was convened and Jeanne d’Arc, de la Pucelle was vindicated of all guilt in her actions and declared a national hero.
At Charles' coronation in Reims Cathedral, she was conferred with a Full Royal Coat of Arms for herself, shown at the very top centre of this page, golden oak leaves each side around a light blue military shield, a sword pointing upwards pointing through a crown with 2 fleurs de lits, one each side of the sword. She was conferred for her services to the King, a blue military shield, a sword pointing upwards pointing through a crown with 2 fleurs de lits, one each side of the sword. The shield alone could be used in battle if she chose to carry a shield but she preferred to carry the long trailing banner for which she is so famous. The was also given a coat of arms given as a reward to the family D'Arc of Doremey de Pucelle, and in addition, the family was also awarded a coat of arms on account of the death of Joans' brother Pierre who died following his sister's exploits, which was green in colour.
As a Fraternity, we aim to lead a life similar to these knights. A Temple Knight was a Soldier of Christ. He put the cause of Christ, Christendom and his fellow man in front of his own needs. " Not to us Lord but to you goes the Glory" They were very austere, having few personal goods as everything in their respective temples was held in common. Some of the founding knights were monks and were expected to have prayer as an element of their reason for being, or 'Theocentricity', meaning God is the centre of your life. They followed a strict regime of prayer in the manner of those of our Fraternity, although we have had to make them more relevant to the current day in order that they are as compatible as possible as to our increasing membership. This though this is in no way making our rules weak, but clearly " providing one's own horse, suit of armour and sword plus archers and foot soldiers " do not exactly have relevance to our Fraternity of the today! But we definitely aim to put others before ourselves and withdraw from the trend cultures of our day, but providing foot soldiers, if we as a Fraternity can increase by encouraging other people who we know and hold similar values as important to join us, then you are indeed proving footsoldiers to Christ's earthly army of today. The army heard mass before their battles, and as such, provide a very good example of what it should be like to keep and promotes as many of their values today
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The Grand Banner
of Charles VII
Arthur de BRETAGNE
Gilles BARON OF RAIS
Guy XIV of LAVAL
Robert de BAUDRICOURT
Jean de ALENCON
Jean de METZ
St. Jean de DOMEREY
St. Jean Bastard d'ORLEANS
Jacques de CHATANNES
Scots to the siege of Orleans
Blason and Anne
Guy XII de Laval
Andrea de Loheac
Archambaud Douglas Le Conte de Douglas
Dourard de Linaux
Arthur du Richmont
Count of Melville
Princess Marie D'Anjou
Scots King Guards
John Stewert Lord of Darnley
Lord of Stelemilk