Accessory Mascots

Celebrity Figures:  Joan Of Arc - Patron Saint Of France.

Early 1920s, French, Joan of Arc mascot to celebrate her being canonized.  I only have the front and side views of this mascot, however the back show a crested shield of the coat of arms for the French town of Orleans.  JOAN OF ARC, more properly JEANNETON DARC, afterwards known in France as JEANNE D'ARC1, The Maid of Orleans.  She is the patron saint of France and a national heroine who led the resistance to the English invasion of France in the Hundred Years War.  Joan was born in 1412.  In 1430 she was captured by the Burgundians while defending Compiegne near Paris and was sold to the English. The English, in turn, handed her over to the ecclesiastical court at Rouen led by Pierre Cauchon, a pro-English Bishop of Beauvais, to be tried for witchcraft and heresy.  Much was made of her insistence on wearing male clothing.  She was told that for a woman to wear men's clothing was a crime against God.  Her determination however to continue wearing them, because the voices she heard hadn't yet told her to change, the male clothes also offered some protection from sexual abuse by her jailors.  This was seen as a defiance and finally sealed her fate.  Joan was convicted after a fourteen-month interrogation and on May 30, 1431 she was burned at the stake in the Rouen marketplace.  She was just nineteen years old.  In 1456 a second trial was held and she was pronounced innocent of all the charges against her.  She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.