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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Joan, this young peasant girl
born of humble stock
believed, she be the answer
as English forces invaded France.

This young peasant girl, who loved
the teachings of the Catholic Church,
believed God had spoken to her
and it be her duty, to save France.

She was mocked by her elders
yet, she believed in her words;
give me an army, and I will drive
these English infidels, from our lands.

Joan led French armies into battle
dressed in white, carrying her banner,
her victories were widespread
her fame spread across France.

Upon her capture, her fate was sewn
dying the death of a martyr,
burned at the stake as a witch,
as she prayed for her accusers.

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England’s Knights

Edward the Black Prince

Soldiers and Knights dressed to kill
ready to die, for King and country,
with sword and axe in hand.

Battled scarred lands and rivers
run red with soldiers blood,
many a knight dies, for his beliefs.

Many a knight, laid to rest
in dead man’s mail,
having served his country well.

Queen Boudicca

Boudicca
Queen Boudicca of the Iceni

Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni
had her lands by marriage
taken from her, by the Romans.

She watched on, helplessly
as her daughter’s virginity,
were taken from them by force.

Anger seeped through her body
her daughters had been defiled
she wanted justice…

She rose up out of revenge
demanding justice and payment
in Roman blood…

Thomas Becket

Thomas Beckett by Early British Kingdoms
Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket, man of God
once confidante of the King,
transferred his allegiance to God
as church opposed the King.

The King called out in despair
will anyone rid me of this man,
knights hearing of the Kings despair
answered the call, to remove this man.

They killed him
this man of God,
they murdered him
upon his altar; to God.

Henry II and his knights
paid penance, for taking Becket’s life.

Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell
Thomas Cromwell

Born of London’s gutters
a beggar in France,
lifted out of poverty
Wolsey’s right hand man.

Wolsey lost Kings trust
Cromwell, his replacement
changed church and faith
much to the Kings delight.

Cromwells deeds; his undoing
losing face, with his King
Parliament turned from him
the execution block awaited.

Defenseless — Her Writing Haven

The burden he bore Gave no time for refute He’d been given a job One could not dispute And poor Lady Jane In her ashen condition Seemed far beyond Any hope of volition Not a single wish Could change her fate The course was set Her breath too late And the Lady in wait Sorrowfully […]

via Defenseless — Her Writing Haven

Defenseless

Her Writing Haven

the-execution-of-lady-jane-grey.jpg!LargeThe burden he bore
Gave no time for refute
He’d been given a job
One could not dispute

And poor Lady Jane
In her ashen condition
Seemed far beyond
Any hope of volition

Not a single wish
Could change her fate
The course was set
Her breath too late

And the Lady in wait
Sorrowfully reclined
Pearls in hand
No peace of mind

The room stood still
As time captured the end
Poor Lady Jane
Not a soul would defend

© 2018 Michelle Cook


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