May 30, 1431. The day that Joan of Arc was burned for dressing as a boy

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On May 30, 1431, Jeanne d’Arc was taken from her cell by the executioner to be burned alive on the Place du Vieux-Marché in Rouen. Along the way, she cries and laments. She claims a cross which a peasant makes for her with two small pieces of wood. The executioner attaches it to a pole planted in the middle of the bundles.

She groaned several times: “Jesus, Jesus”, thus moving the crowd who witnessed the torture. A heavy acrid smoke surrounds the young woman then hides her. No doubt she dies asphyxiated. The English ask the executioner to push back the bundles so that everyone can …


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