Cease & Desist has two protagonists; Cease de Menich, a young actress, and the character Cease plays, a Roman Catholic Saint known as Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc). Jeanne was a real person, a girl who did some pretty incredible things in her short life and I chose her because I wanted to empower young people; to show you that real-life superheroes do exist. The real Jeanne never leapt tall buildings in a single bound or spun a spiders web; what she did was far more miraculous–She stood up to an entire army, and was put to death for what she believed. All before she was twenty years old.
Many people who I asked to read C & D thought the specific accounts I provide of Jeanne’s works were entirely fictional. I got emails (and even a letter) from people in my church stating that I’d maligned the life of an incredible person, turned a saint into a “juvenile delinquent”. This is not true. While I took a lot of liberties with the character I’ve created and the paranormal aspects of her life, every specific account “Jeanne” the character gives of her journey from a peasant girl, to the warrior she became is true, and drawn from primary sources at her trial for heresy and the oral accounts taken at her rehabilitation twenty years after she was put to death. I hope you check in with this page often as I document the real accounts of a real girl who was called by God to throw the British out of France almost six-hundred-years ago.
Let me start by sharing Jeanne’s letter of warning to her British occupiers. It’s a pretty interesting document, some believe, divinely inspired, as Jeanne was never taught to read or write.