Wednesday, May 30, 2007

On May 30, ...

... 1431, Jeanne d'Arc (right), the teenaged warrior who 2 years earlier had led French troops to victory over the English at the battle of Orléans, was burned at the stake in Rouen. A pro-English ecclesiastical court, in a trial in which "[m]uch was made of her insistence on wearing men's clothing," had convicted her of witchcraft and heresy following a 14-month interrogation. Nearly a half-century later the Roman Catholic Church made the young woman, also known as Joan of Arc, a saint.
... 1847, Alice Stopford Green, an historian and supporter of Irish independence who would be elected 3 times to Ireland's Seanad, or Senate, was born Alice Sophia Amelia Stopford in Kells, County Meath, Ireland.

1 comment:

sandra said...

Joan of Arc was a truly inspiring person! You can find a lot more about her at http://www.maidofheaven.com