When people first heard that CBS was going to be airing a show called Joan of Arc, they assumed they would be seeing a historical show that would follow the amazing life and times of the historical figure who fought in the 100 Year War and was executed for her beliefs.
It didn’t take long for people to realize that CBS’s show wasn’t gong to quite meet their expectations. There were some similarities. The character of Joan did speak to God, something which altered her choices and directed the characters life. The same happened to Joan of Arc who had claimed form a very young age to hear God in her head, and believed herself to be doing his bidding, a belief she held onto until the day she was executed.
Joan of Arcadia takes place during contemporary times, not the middle ages, which was when Joan of Arc led troops into battle.
The real life Joan of Arc lived in France, and grew up on a farm before going into battle. While the life of the show’s character hasn’t been easy, it had very little in common with the impoverished historical figure.
Joan of Arcadia shares a close bond with her family. Many of the conversations she has with God, have roots in her love of family. While there’s nothing to suggest that Joan of Arc didn’t have strong bond with her own family, her choices forced her to leave them. There would have been large periods of time when she wouldn’t have any contact with them.
Even though it’s not the historical piece many people expected, during the two years Joan of Arcadia aired it proved itself to be a well plotted, compelling drama about an interesting character.
Amber Tamblyn was the talented young actor who scored the role of Joan of Arcadia that was aired on CBS from 2003-2005. The role provided Amber with the opportunity to portray the life of a real life historical figure who fought and died during the 100 Year War.
Although the show is obviously supposed to be based on the life of Joan of Arc, it doesn’t take long to realize there are some pretty obvious differences. Including the fact that the show takes place in Maine, not France, and that it has a very modern setting.
Before she was cast in the role of Joan of Arc, Amber had the opportunity to play another powerful character. Fans of daytime television will always remember the feisty California native as the teenage Emily Quartermaine, granddaughter of Port Charles patriarch Edward Quartermaine on the long running soap opera, General Hospital. The other role she’s well known for is as a member of the ensemble cast that starred in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
While Amber played the lead role on the fantasy series, it was the person who played her bother that had the most name recognition. The role went to Jason Ritter, son of the late, great John Ritter. Fans of the show quickly realized that Jason inherited a great deal of his father’s talent and brilliant smile. They have high hopes that he will soon become a break out star in his own right.
Fans of the show were delighted to see former Disney star and pop princess, Hillary Duff, and star of the 80’s sitcom Cheers, Shelley Long, make guest appearances on Joan of Arcadia.
The television show, Joan of Arcadia, was based on the very real life of Joan Girardi. When you think about the woman, and the time that she lived, it’s amazing that no one thought to create a television series about her life long before 2003.
Joan of Arcadia was born the daughter of a farmer, but the farming life wasn’t for her. Whenever she was able to escape the fields, she could be found in the church, praying. It’s difficult to tell if Joan’s peers knew she was going to someday change the world, but based on the information historians have been able to piece together, everyone knew she was different, that the relationship she shared with God was special.
Joan did more than just pray. She believed God spoke directly to her and was instructing her down a very specific path. She connected with the current Queen of France, who believed Joan of Arc to be exactly the right person to lead the French Army against the Burgundians in what history would eventually remember as the 100 year war. Joan, often dressed as a man, was responsible for several victories before she was eventually captured. She fought alongside the troops she led, often putting herself on the front line, and never wavered, not even when she was severely wounded.
There was nothing fair about Joan’s trial. The Burgundians tortured her into making confessions she never would have made on her own. Despite the increasingly severe forms of torture, Joan held onto her unflagging belief in God right up to the very end.
Joan’s life ended when she was burned at the stake. She was canonized in 1920.