Religion: Saint Revisited

Late in the afternoon of May 23, 1430, a Burgundian archer in the service of the English captured a hard-fighting soldier of the King of France and took his prisoner back to camp. Had he captured half the French army, his commanders would have been no happier. Stripped of armor, the soldier was seen to be a handsome, well-knit girl of 18 with short-cropped dark hair. For Jeannette d'Arc of Domrémy, who had given Charles VII his throne and whipped his English enemies with astonishing consistency, there now began one of the classic heresy trials of Christian history. That trial, held...

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