Happy Birthday, Joan of Arc


599 years ago today, a peasant girl was born in Eastern France who would ultimately lead the French army to victory at Orleans during the Hundred Years War (we’re telling you now so you can start planning your sexcentennial party.) Later she was sold to the English and burned at the stake at the age of nineteen. In 1920 she was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

Here’s a song with kinda silly lyrics, a pretty melody and the requisite angular new wave dancing: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark performing “Maid of Orleans” at Drury Lane in 1981.

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  1. justin mikulka says

    If you want music for the anniversary, Leonard Cohen has it.


    If you go to Notre Dame Cathedral in France you can see where the Catholic Church apologized for burning the girl alive, prior to sainting her. Personally, I’d prefer to be sainted before you burned me to death. Might improve my odds of not, well, being burned to death by the catholic church.

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