Joan of Arc  

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"It was about nine o'clock when they placed on Joan of Arc a long white shirt, such as criminals wore at their execution, and on her head they set a mitre-shaped paper cap, on which the words 'heretic, relapsed, apostate, idolatress,' were written."--Joan of Arc, a biography by Lord Ronald Gower

"Joan and Gilles, where Joan was a degenerate genius and Gilles a degenerate criminal [...] I contend, were inextricably bound together, and to the point that the shining symbol of national regeneration that Joan of Arc came to be could not stand on its own merits, but only in contrast to the degenerate Gilles de Rais."--Pornographic Archaeology (2012) by Zrinka Stahuljak

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Joan of Arc is the English name of Jeanne d'Arc, also called the Maid of Orléans, a national heroine of France and saint of the Catholic Church who was born in 1412 and burnt at the stake in 1431. She was a close friend of serial killer Gilles de Rais.

She was tried and executed for heresy when she was only 19 years old. The judgment was broken by the Pope and she was declared innocent and a martyr 24 years later. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized as a saint in 1920.

Joan asserted that she had visions from God which told her to recover her homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege at Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence when she overcame the dismissive attitude of veteran commanders and lifted the siege in only nine days. Several more swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims and settled the disputed succession to the throne.

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