Place Raymond Poincaré
Monument aux morts de 1914-18
War Memorial 1914-18
Saint Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), The Maid of Orléans (ca. 1412 - 1431)
national heroine of France, beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War
Maxime Real del Sarte
Relief showing Joan of Arc with a halo, wearing a breastplate and a tunic fleurdelisee, and a sword on her belt. With her the right arm, in which she keeps a laurel wreath she supports a dying soldier wrapped in a flag and with her left arm she point into the sky. In the upper right corner of the relief is the cathedral of Strasbourg depicted.
la ville de briey
a ses enfants morts pour la france
1914 - 1918
With lists of names of the fallen, later those of the 1939-45 war were added.
The relief is almost identical to a marble relief of the war monument in Sommières-du-Clain (Vienne). That monument was commissioned by a member of the Vareilles-Sommières family from the Catholic and royalist sculptor Maxime Real del Sarte. The sculptor made two copies, one in marble for Sommières-du-Clain and the other in bronze for Briey. There are only small differences.
For the record, the family of the Count de Briey possessed at that time the castle of Roche à Magné, a few kilometers from Sommières-du-Clain, and the commission of both reliefs to Maxime Real del Sarte may be related to two families of Briey and Vareilles-Sommieres.
The Briey monument is inaugurated 24 September 1922.
Jeanne d'Arc - Timeline
- 1412 - Approx date of birth
- 1425 - Visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, who told her to drive out the English and bring the Dauphin to Rheims for his coronation
- 1428, May - Went to Vaucouleurs to ask garrison commander, Count Robert de Baudricourt, to send her to the royal French court at Chinon, but is sent away.
- 1429, February - Baudricourt allows Jeanne to join the Dauphin at Chinon.
- 1429, May 8 - Lifting of the siege of Orleans
- 1429, July 17 - Coronation of Charles VII in Reims
- 1430, May 23 - Captured at Compiègne
- 1431, May 30 - Executed at Rouen
- 1871 - After the defeat of 1871, in many French towns and villages statues of Jeanne d'Arc are erected.
- Maxime Real del Sarte (Paris 1888 - 1954),
Sources & Information
Location N 49°14'55" E 5°56'15"
Item Code: frlo134; Photograph: 15 June 2011
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