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May 30, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Jeanne d’Arc

On the 30th of May –

In 1431 Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) is burnt at the stake for heresy. Claiming to have received divine visions and guidance, she inspired and led a French army to free the beseiged city of Orleans. Having done her bit for the war effort, she was then considered a liability – nowadays we would say she was ‘perhaps a bit too intense’ – and subsequently accused of heresy and condemned to burn at the stake. She was only 19 years old at the time.
Europeana would not be Europeana if we did not have her image on a commemorative plate (in fact a whole series of them):
Jeanne d'Arc (2) (Série décorative)
Here are some more serious works about Jeanne:
Here is a parliamentary report from 1429 describing the liberation of Orleans – look at image 24 where in the margin you will find the only existing contemporary drawing of Jeane):

Jeanne Darc
Jeanne d'Arc écoutant ses voix

6 IL AVAIT ETE A LA PEINE, IL ETAIT BIEN JUSTE QU'IL FUT A L'HONNEUR (JEANNE D'ARC) (titre inscrit)

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